Extraordinary visit to South Africa for Concordia wrestlers

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Source: Catherine Grace, Concordia SportsInfo

An athletic competition in Johannesburg, South Africa has turnedinto a historic and emotional trip for several members of theConcordia Stingers wrestling team.

Former Stinger and 2012 Olympian David Tremblay took a smallgroup of athletes to compete at the Commonwealth WrestlingChampionships in South Africa last week. The competition was a goodexperience, but being in the country for the death of NelsonMandela and the historic events around honoring his legacy havebeen extraordinary.

“Everything is going well in South Africa,” saidDavid Tremblay who is serving as the coach on the trip. “TheStingers competed hard in a tough competition and I believe theylearned a lot.

“We are now enjoying some down time and are training alittle in South Africa. We are also hoping to take part inceremonies remembering Nelson Mandela.”

At the Commonwealth championships, where many nations includingAustralia, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotlandand South Africa are represented, members of the Stingers didwell.

Veronica Keefe finished first in the 72 kilos weight class. Itwas her second gold medal at an international competition thisfall. She was also the winner at the Francophonie Games held inFrance in September.

“Veronica wrestled great and won thetournament,” said Tremblay. “She was in a round-robinand lost her first match but then won the following two.”

Jordan Steen, the 2013 CIS Rookie of the Year, finished third at84 kilos. Linda Morais was fifth at 63 kilos and Chris Kinsellatook sixth place at 74 kilos.

The Concordia wrestlers will return to Montreal on Dec. 16.

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