Hello wrestlers, coaches and fans. For those that do not know me, I’m Leigh Jaynes. I’ve wrestled under the name Jaynes for over twelve years. I began wrestling as a senior in high school on a dare. When I placed All-American at the US Girl’s Wrestling Association Nationals, I was recruited by for Missouri Valley College in 1999. At that time MVC was only one of five colleges offering scholarships to wrestle.
Upon completion of my four years as an undergraduate, I remained on campus to pursue a Masters degree and follow through on my ROTC commitment. Fortunately, I’d made progress competing and was picked up by the New York Athletic Club for a few years followed by Gator Wrestling Club; which offered me overseas opportunities. Then the US Army, who put soldiers like myself on Active Duty, paid me to wrestle in a special assignment called the World Class Athlete Program.
Women’s Wrestling has taken me all over the world. I’ve made 6 national teams, 3 world cups, 2 world teams, and boast 1 senior national championship wrestling for Terry Steiner and training as a resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Recently, I married Olympian Ben Provisor and had a little baby girl. We both want to continue wrestling through to Rio 2016. We will see how tough we are when this little girl has us wrapped around her finger!
My relationship with Brute seemed to fall into place with what I’d wanted to accomplish for myself as a competitor. Competitively I worked a lot on focus and obtaining the zone. I realized that a huge factor on losing focus for me was the fact that my competition singlet didn’t fit properly. It was a high cut version for the men, but still to low and loose for women. During my MA program my final project was to survey female wrestlers and learn what they would like to see adjusted in the fit of their competitive wear. I collected the data and made a packet, complete with drawings and explanations on a better Women’s Singlet.
Years later, I’m in my dorm room at the OTC organizing an old file cabinet and came across my project and started making calls to see if anyone would be interested in helping me get a better fit. First call was a major company in wrestling. They claimed that there was simply “no market” and they were not willing to “extend their resources.” I wasn’t really looking at the market for a new product. I just wanted something better. But when I evaluated the situation from a business prospective, I determined that there is a market and it’s grown ten-fold since I began wrestling. That’s huge and it will continue to grow especially after new acceptances for the sport on all levels leading up the Olympic Games.
Brute Wrestling saw the potential and we started working together. I can honestly say we are making an impact! I’ll be sharing a monthly women’s wrestling blog here on brute.com. If you there are topics you would like discussed, please let us know. Check back monthly to see what’s happening in women’s wrestling.
Author: Leigh Jaynes
Wrestler. Business Owner. Mom.