The first time you meet Erica Wiebe you can’t help but be affected by her contagious smile and her down to earth personality. You will feel right at ‘home’ when you chat with her and that is exactly how she felt when she first connected with True North Mortgage and True North Realty. But first, who is Erica? What is she all about?
Erica is a Canadian Olympian in the sport of freestyle wrestling, and many Canadians will remember her joyous celebration after winning gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Her story begins on one fateful day in Grade 9 when she saw a sign posted at her high school advertising Co-Ed wrestling practice. She juggled a number of sports throughout High School but was quickly falling in love with the sport of wrestling.
“I remember hearing later that my mother was rather upset that I had decided to start wrestling. She didn't understand why her nice daughter would want to do a sport like wrestling but my parents were extremely supportive all throughout my career. In grade 10, no one from my high school wrestling club were planning on attending the Canadian Wrestling Championships in St Johns, NF so my mother took it upon herself to plan our trip and give me the opportunity to wrestle the U16 nationals. I was an athletic young optimistic kid who didn't know how to wrestle but I knew how to compete and I went out there and won”. For Wiebe, that was the turning point. Two years later, Erica moved across the country from Stittsville, ON and enrolled at the University of Calgary, which is home to one of the national training centres for women’s wrestling.
Her wrestling career began to blossom in Calgary over the years and she began putting herself on the map internationally with a big win in 2014 over the reigning 2012 Olympic Champion. From there, she continued her momentum, and nine long years after moving to Calgary, she won the Canadian Olympic Team Trials and earned the opportunity to compete at her first Olympic Games.
On August 18th, 2016 she battled through preliminaries, quarterfinals, semi-finals, and with a triumphant win took home Canada’s third ever Olympic gold medal in wrestling at the 75kg weight class. She joined a legacy of women in the sport of wrestling; following in the footsteps of Tonya Verbeek and Carol Huynh. After Olympic success, her passion for the sport and love for adventure led to opportunities travelling across Canada speaking to over 15,000 youth, becoming the team captain for the Mumbai Maharathi, visiting the Canadian Armed Forces deployed overseas and exploring an opportunity to join the WWE.
However, fast forward to 2018. Erica was still intent on staying true to her passion for excellence and representing Canada once again at the next Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. She wanted to create a home for her and her partner and settle into the routine that she needed to pursue that dream.
That’s where we enter this story….
“A friend of mine had used True North Mortgage and True North Realty and had raved about the experience from start to finish. I began learning about the company and I felt like it was the type of company and value system that resonated with me. I reached out to a True North realtor and then mortgage broker and each time, I was very happy with each person that I met along the way.
With the TNR model, the sellers pay the commissions and you receive the equivalent of 30% of our commission as a cash rebate after closing.
“Getting the TNR Rebate was such a cool way to save money and it smoothed the experience for us! What surprised me the most about working with them is how easy it all was. I got the sense that the organization understands the experience of people buying their first home or 7th home and was supportive of the process, walking us through and ultimately truly understanding our needs! They treated us like family.”
Erica and her partner live in a beautiful home in the quaint little town of Bragg Creek, AB. You’ll find peace, a beautiful garden, that rustic cabin feel and even a home gym right on her property where she can get in workouts. “The money I saved working with True North Mortgage, I used it to buy some patio furniture and some equipment for our home gym”
We asked Erica what her secret to success is and how she goes after such big, exciting dreams without any fear. She laughs and says the fear is there but “that feeling of fear, of discomfort, of not being sure that you can do it; means you are doing exactly what you need to do.” She says her secret to success is to, “Stare down that fear and take one step confidently into the unknown with the certainty of power within”.
Stay tuned on our social channels where we will check in on Erica at home, get a tour of the Olympic Champion’s abode, and gain some insights into her routine to set her up for success as she pursues her next big, audacious goals.