This a reminder that the 2017 BCWA Coaches Clinic is scheduled for October 20th-21st being held at Burnaby Central Secondary School. Please send pre-registration to BCWA at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event serves as a great opportunity to get together, and exchange knowledge and experiences. Opportunities for certification advancement will also be presented during the course of the clinic.
For those that have still not registered, there is still time to do so. Come out and support your fellow coaches.
Team BC had another strong showing at the recently completed Canada Games.
Below is a summary of our team performance as well as our individual medalists.
Men - Silver as a team. Our men started very strong in the dual competition, winning all five of their duals (5-0). Our team reached the finals of the dual competition after going undefeated in the pools. In the final, our team fell short against a very strong Ontario team. The men's team will look to build off of this impressive showing and post even better results during the season.
Women - Took home Gold as a team for the first time in history!. Our women went 4-0 in the pool system. This lead to a dominant performance in the final against Alberta, winning 32-18. Our women dominated the field en route to capturing the top prize in the national competition. Well done ladies!
Congratulations to all coaches, athletes, and team managers for all your hard work over the Summer that ultimately culminated in the best showing our province has ever achieved at these games. Well done BC!
Individual Results - Canada Summer Games
40Kg – Emilee Lai – Gold
44kg – Alexia Seal – Gold
52kg – Jacqueline Lew – Gold
56kg – Victoria Seal – Gold
60kg – Jade Trolland – Gold
64kg – Sara Brinkac – Gold
69kg – Ana Godinez – Gold
44kg – Ravi Manhas – Silver
52kg – Kye Mills – Bronze
60kg – Karan Gill – Silver
65kg – Jaskaran Gakhal – Bronze
70kg – Aaron Badovinac – Bronze
76kg – Harbans Gill – Bronze
85kg – Connor Pattison – Bronze
120 kg – Tanjot Kahlon – Bronze
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Not content to sit on their laurels after a banner season that saw Brad Hildebrant bring the first ever U Sports title back to Cascade Country, Co-Head Coaches Raj Virdi and Arjan Bhullar have brought in a decorated class of many recruits into the Fraser Valley. Leading a class of five female signees is the newly minted Canada Games Champion, Ana Godinez. Ana joins her older sister Karla, a Canada West Bronze Medalist and Rookie of the year on the roster and will look to make an immediate impact in her own rookie season. Also joining the UFV Roster are Tristina Howse, Brittany Chiu, and Washington State imports Glaysia Sparling, and Arian Zemke. Collectively these girls bring five state/provincial medals and a veritable treasure chest of National Hardware.
The nine member men’s rookie class will also be able to make an immediate impact on Canada West and U Sport. From Parker McBride, a decorated and savvy freestyle wrestler with experience on the Washington Junior Dual team holding down the 54kg weight class, to a pair of giants in the 100kg Tanjot Kahlon and 120kg Sajjann Randhawa. This class will dot almost every weight of the Cascades line up. The most credentialed of the bunch, however, is hometown hero, Navdeep Toor. Toor is a four time Provincial and three time National champion who also boasts a 2015 Cadet Pan-Am bronze on his resume.
Parker McBride 54kg
Navdeep Toor 57kg
Jacob Torres 61kg
Eknoor Bajwa 65kg
Omar Raghuzar 68kg
Karan Dhillon 72kg
De'Andre Williams 76kg
Tanjot Kahlon 100kg
Ana Godinez 63kg
Brittany Chiu 67kg
Ariana Zemke 67kg
Tristina Howse 72kg
Glaysia Sparling 82kg
The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades provides the only U Sport wrestling team in BC. The program is led by 2012 Olympian Arjan Bhullar and multiple time National Team Member, Raj Virdi. Through the University of the Fraser Valley and the Cascades Wrestling Club, they are dedicated to growing wrestling at all levels and providing opportunity for BC’s elite to compete. For inquires please contact arjan.Bhullar@ufv.ca and email@example.com.
Starting on August 9th, BC Wrestling’s finest will have the chance to compete at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The experienced and highly decorated girls team is poised to win. The team features four reigning Juvenile National Champions: Emilee Lai, Alexia Seal, Jacqueline Lew, Sara Brinkac, Ana Godinez and Cadet National Champion Victoria Seal. Lew and Seal are also members of the Junior National Team and Seal will be returning directly from the Junior World Championships. Coach Mike McDonald believes “the team is one of the strongest we've put forward in years. It is our sincere belief that we can win multiple individual golds and take home the team title”. The boys team will be bringing a mix of veterans and upcoming talent to Winnipeg. Leadership and high performance will be expected from the duo of Juvenile Silver Medalists Connor Pattison and Aaron Badovinac. Cadet National Champion Parmjot Sidhu and Juvenile National Champion Harbans Gill are another pair to be watching for.
On behalf of all BC Wrestling, we urge you to join us in wishing our wrestlers the best of luck at the Canada Summer Games, held August 9th- 11th. Follow along on twitter: @2017CanadaGames.
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BC Wrestling would like to acknowledge and congratulate Arjan Bhullar on his historic signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. BC Wrestling wishes him well on his future journey within the octagon as he takes his place among the best combat sport athletes in the world.
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You can now register for the 2017 Pacific Coast Camp and Dual Meet, which will be held August 12, 18, & 19th in Vancouver, BC!
This camp will include a women's camp, an elite camp, and a novice camp. The dual meet will take place in the streets of downtown Vancouver!
See the attached documents for more information, contact information, and the camp waiver.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Presents the Class of 2017: Includes Two Time Olympic Medalist Carol Huynh
Courtesy of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
(Toronto, ON) – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame revealed the six Athletes, one Team, and two sport “Builders” who will make up the Class of 2017. Induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is considered the country’s highest sporting honour and reinforces the incredibly successful athletic careers of the nominees. This year’s Class has broken down barriers, blazed new trails, and served as proud international ambassadors for Canadian values. Each of the inductees selected to join the Class of 2017 have fostered inspiration both on and off the field of play, using sport as a platform to build a better country for their fellow athletes and all Canadians.
In attendance, on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, officially welcomed the Class of 2017. “On behalf of our government, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all the 2017 inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. What an amazing group of sport leaders. Thank you for the contributions you have made to sport and for helping build strong, inclusive and active communities for all Canadians, especially our young people,” said Minister Qualtrough.
“We are thrilled to announce the Class of 2017 – a class that features Canada’s greatest Indigenous, National, Olympic and Paralympic sport heroes who will inspire Canadians in sport and life. This group of people is a great reflection of Canada’s rich 150 year sporting history” said Mario Siciliano, President and CEO, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The distinguished Class of 2017 inductees includes:
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a national charitable organization established in 1955. Each year, a class of the country’s most influential and inspiring athletes and sport Builders are inducted. They are true Canadian sports heroes with achievements and life lessons that can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life.
For more information, please visit www.sportshall.ca.
Long-time member and current board member of the BC Wrestling, Jim Mitchell, has won Sport BC’s Presidents Award for his continued selfless volunteering excellence . Jim’s contribution to the BC Wrestling community has spanned over 4 decades, and has seen him play a crucial role to the continued development of the sport of wrestling throughout our province. Jim has imparted wisdom to hundreds of young aspiring athletes, aiding them in both becoming better wrestlers, and becoming productive citizens once their time on the mat has ended.
Jim has also served as a mentor for young aspiring officials. He has been generous with both his time and expertise to help stage various wrestling tournaments throughout the province. In particular Jim has stepped forward to host the BC Secondary School Wrestling Championships on numerous occasions ensuring that elite high school wrestlers have a suitable platform to showcase their skills.
Jim currently volunteers his time with the BCWA board, helping guide the association in its operation.
Brad Hildenbrandt carved out a slice of University of the Fraser Valley athletic history on Saturday afternoon, becoming the first Cascades wrestler to win a U SPORTS national gold medal.
The sophomore from Surrey, B.C. edged Kyle Bonk-Dann of the Western Mustangs 5-4 in a thrilling men’s 120 kg final at the national wrestling championships, hosted by the University of Winnipeg.
Bonk-Dann held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first of two rounds after pushing Hildenbrandt out of bounds, but the UFV grappler went on the offensive in the second. He scored an early takedown to tie the match, and later initiated an offensive flurry which saw both wrestlers pick up two points. Hildenbrandt finished the sequence by spinning around to get on top of Bonk-Dann and earn an additional point, and that turned out to be the difference in the match.
“You know, it feels pretty good right now but it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Hildenbrandt said afterward. “It’s pretty cool to win our first gold medal, and I hope we have a lot more in the future.”
UFV’s previous best individual result at wrestling nationals was a silver medal by a fellow heavyweight, Manheet Kahlon, in 2015.
“As a coach, I don’t think there’s any better feeling than seeing an athlete you’ve been working with succeed,” said Raj Virdi, who serves as the Cascades’ co-head coach with Arjan Bhullar. “That was one tough match, and it came down to the last 20 seconds and Brad pulled through. The guy he wrestled was the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) champ, and it was great to see him get it done.”
Three other Cascades wrestlers were in action earlier Saturday, and all three came away victorious. Karla Godinez Gonzalez, who had finished in a three-way tie atop her women’s 51 kg pool but was relegated to the fifth/sixth placing match on tiebreaking criteria, made the best of the situation by defeating Jessica Bershatsky of the Lakehead Thunderwolves 10-0.
Ashley Coupal (women’s 48 kg) and Amtoj Dhaliwal (men’s 82 kg) also won their matches via technical superiority by matching 10-0 scores. Both were facing Western Mustangs opponents – Coupal knocked off Christine Grafe in the fifth/sixth match, while Dhaliwal beat Kevin Marshall in the seventh/eighth match.
“It’s a great way to cap off the year for the program, especially individually for Brad,” Bhullar summarized. “It’s exciting to be back at the national tournament, and to come home with a gold medal.”
The Cascades women finished 11th in the team standings, while the men were 13th overall.
*** The above article was written by Dan Kinvig February 25, 2017. This article was found at http://www.ufvcascades.ca/2017/02/wrestler-hildenbrandt-wins-cascades-first-u-sports-gold-medal/
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