Vancouver, BC – On behalf of BC Wrestling, our Board, members and staff, we want to wish the entire Canadian Olympic Wrestling Team all the very best in their Olympic journey. British Columbia is well-represented on the Canadian Olympic Wrestling Team with B.C.- connected athletes accounting for 55 per cent of the team and our provincial high performance coach leading the men’s team.
Canada will be competing five days in London from August 8th-12th 2012. Olympic champion Carol Huynh (48kg) from Hazelton, BC will be defending her title on August 8th while Leah Callahan from Mackenzie, BC is participating in her first Olympic Games and will be competing on August 9th in the 72kg weight class.
In the men’s freestyle wrestling tournament, Matt Gentry, a NCAA Champion from the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club, will have the honor to represent Canada again on August 10th in the 74 kg weight class. Gentry hopes to continue his recent international successes and will be looking to lead the way for Canada in London. “I am proud to be representing Canada at my second Olympic Games. With the experience I gained in 2008 and my recent successes at international tournaments, I am very excited for the competition, where it is my goal to bring back a medal,” said Gentry.
Heavyweight Arjan Bhullar from Richmond, BC will be making his first appearance at an Olympic Games and will be competing in the men’s freestyle 120 kg division on Saturday August 11th. Bhullar is the first Canadian of South Asian descent to qualify for freestyle wrestling in the Olympic Games, and is a five-time member of the national team. Bhullar won in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, and has been a solid competitor since then.
Haislan Garcia (66kg) from New Westminster, BC will be returning to the Olympic spotlight on Sunday August 12th. Garcia, who also wrestles for the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club is determined to improve on his 16th place from the previous Olympic Games.
BC also has a strong presence in the coaching staff as our very own Provincial High Performance Coach Dave McKay will be coaching the men’s team while Leigh Vierling will be coaching the women’s team respectively. McKay, a former Olympian and NCCP level 4 certified coach, has over 20 years experience in high performance coaching in multiple Olympic Games and World Championships, including coaching Daniel Igali to gold medals at the 1999 Senior World Championships and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
The hard work and perseverance of these athletes and coaches has been rewarded with the chance to participate in the sport world’s greatest stage: the Olympic Games. They have sacrificed immensely to get to this point and we know they will “GIVE YOUR EVERYTHING” to make Canadians proud with their performance in London.
For the latest news about the BC Wrestlers at the 2012 London Olympic Games, please visit our website, www.bcwrestling.com.
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BC Wrestling is about providing opportunities for participation, challenge and proficiency in wrestling. This is accomplished through the volunteers and staff who establish the structure, and provide direction and support for affordable programs and services for members including: accident and liability insurance, regular communication updates, access to coaching, camps and clinics for athletes, coaches and officials, and competitive opportunities for all levels.