Former CIS great, Olympic medallist Verbeek joins Wrestling Canada


Source: Shawn Whiteley, Brock SportsInfo

OTTAWA – Wrestling Canada is pleased to announce that three-timeOlympic medalist Tonya Verbeek has been named as TalentIdentification Coach for the organization.

Verbeek, a multiple World Championships and Olympic medalist,and Level 3 NCCP certified coach, has served as the Women’sAssistant Coach at the Brock Wrestling Club, one of Canada’s topwrestling programs, for the last six years.

“The addition of Tonya to our National Team program will be ofsignificant importance for the long-term success of Canada, forboth men and women wrestling. She not only brings her invaluableexperience as a world-class wrestler, but she also bring value as acertified and experienced coach,” said Tamara Medwidsky, executivedirector of Wrestling Canada. “We are thrilled to see, time aftertime, our athletes continuing to give back to wrestling at the endof their careers. This is a testament to passion for wrestlingwithin the sport.”

“I am excited and honored to be trusted with this newopportunity to find wrestling talent in Canada, among our youthprograms. To stay within Canada and share my experiences with ourup-and-coming wrestling talent, and to further grow wrestling inthe country that has given me so much in my athletic career wasimportant to me,” said Tonya Verbeek, who is Canada’s most prolificwrestler, winning three Olympic Games medals, and one of only fivesummer athletes to win medals in three consecutive Olympic Games inthe of Canadian Olympic history.

As Talent Identification Coach, Verbeek will be responsible forthe development, planning, administration and implementation ofWrestling Canada’s high performance talent identification systemand working with the High Performance coaches and personal coachesto improve the vertical integration of our identified athletes inthe High Performance Athlete Pathway.

Verbeek begins her duties on May 21st, 2013.

Scott Harrigan
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