Some wrestlers at the NL Winter Games this week are trying to beat stereotypes, as well as their competition.

Wrestling teams from St John's North, Mount Pearl and the Avalon are all wearing neon pink singlets during their matches.

They say it is to send a message about the bullying some wrestlers have experienced.

"There are lots of people that I know who used to wrestle, but then peers used to say to them, "It's so gay, why are you doing that?'" said Julia Wade of Team Mount Pearl South.

She said many of her fellow wrestlers have quit because of peer pressure.

"We wanted to prove a point, that no matter what people say, we're going to stand up to them and do what we love," teammate Brittney Power said.

Team Avalon coach Noel Strap said he hopes the message will resonate beyond wrestling to all forms of bullying.

"Wrestlers are supposed to be tough, macho people," he said. "If we can get out there and wear a pink singlet, nobody should be ashamed to do anything at all."

More than two dozen athletes will wear the pink singlets for the rest of competition.

Wrestling medals will be handed out Tuesday.