After review and reflection, BC Wrestling will be changing its development program. The goal is to enhance the type of programming to support our athletes in their development. Included in this approach is a revamping our current coaching structure. Our current High Performance Coach will undertake the lead in developing and implementing our current development program. With the assistance of other coaches, we will be re-developing our program for implementation in the spring. All inquiries with regard to development programming should be directed to Dave McKay. Information will also be updated on the BC Wrestling website.
BC Wrestling would like to acknowledge the work of John Pineda in his role as development coach. We know how much of an impact he has had on athletes throughout the province. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.
BCWA is excited to invite you to the 2018 International Women’s Training Camp & Duals. This will be a 7 day match and training camp with the Japanese and USA National Cadet/ Junior female athletes.
Come attend this opportunity at Simon Fraser University from December 30th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018.
Eligibility will come from the Top 5 2017 Cadet / Juvenile/ Junior Nationals
and the Top 3 2017 War on the floor Elite, or by invitation.
All female athletes must pre-register with Dave McKay by December 19
This event will prove to be the top international training experience hosted in Canada for this year!
BC Wrestling invites our male athletes to compete on a national and international level. The winners of the Boys WOF Elite tournament are expected to attend this exciting opportunity. We are looking forward to this event, as BC will enter one full team with a few alternates.
This competition will take place from Thursday January 4, 2018 - Saturday January 6, 2018 in Bremerton, Washington.
Alternates will be chosen based on head coaches discretion. In order to be eligible to participate in the BC team or as an alternate, athletes must participate in the 2017 Christmas Camp at SFU.
We hope to see you there!
UFV Wrestling is #5 in the country on the latest U Sport rankings. This represents an important step in the resurgence of the program as it looks to challenge perennial powerhouse, and current national champion Brock University for the U
BC Wrestling is looking to fill the membership coordinator position. Details on the position is posted in the "about" tab under the heading of employment opportunities" section of the BCWA website. Deadline for applications is Nov 20th
BCWA would like to extend our condolences to the family of BCWA referee and BCWA member Lewis Hendrickson who lost a family member recently. BC Wrestling sends their sympathy and support for our colleague and his family in their time of need.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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