Wiebe in city for wrestling event

Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe of Calgary celebrates her Olympic gold medal in the 75-kilogram weight class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Wrestling is a sport that you can excel at, no matter where you’re from, how big or small you are truly anyone who has heart can become a champion. I came from a small community and I was incredibly fortunate to have coaches that instilled in me the passion and joy of this sport and so it is incredibly important for me to share that with the next generation of champions.”- Erica Wiebe

The above statement from 2016 Rio Olympian, Gold medal winning, Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe rings true for the wrestlers, parents and coaches of Lakehead Wrestling Club (LWC).

LWC is committed to sharing their passion of wrestling in Thunder Bay and surrounding area.

The club includes both female and male wrestlers varying in age and experience.

Coaches Mike Thomas, Laurel Knowles, Craig Hardy and many others of the elementary division work hard to help their wrestlers continuously improve their skills and have fun.

In order to be competitive and have more wrestling opportunities the elementary division has had to learn two different wrestling styles: freestyle wrestling is practiced in Canada and folkstyle wrestling is practiced in the U.S.A.

LWC elementary wrestlers have competed in Ontario as well as Manitoba, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The parents of our wrestlers have put their faith in our wrestlers and coaches by agreeing to travel to these tournaments; the club’s resulting great success at these events has proven it’s worth.

No matter the result at an event, LWC athletes enjoy wrestling as well as learn more about themselves while honing their skills.

This past fall, in order to promote the sport, LWC started the Wolf Pups division to give younger children the opportunity to get an introduction to wrestling.

The Wolf Pups’ initial session was a success and a second session is underway.

Coaches Shane Comeau and Jason Bresele of LWC’s high school division are equally proud of their wrestling team.

The high school team has brought home medals this spring from the OFSAA High School Wrestling Championships, Matmen Open and Bishop Ryan tournaments. The female athletes of the high school team will be travelling to New York to compete in the BTS Gotham City Girls’ Open.

Many of LWC’s high school athletes have continued to wrestle as part of their post secondary education and have earned athletic scholarships.

LWC will be having their annual Gord Garvie Memorial Youth Wrestling Tournament on March 30 at Lakehead University. Elementary youth wrestlers from Grades 4-8 will be competing in the squared circle starting with a 9 a.m. warmup in the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse.

The LWC executive committee has been working hard to bring you 2016 Rio Olympian, Gold Medal winning, Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe-starting in the afternoon she will be present to hand out medals, pose for pictures and sign autographs at the event.

LWC invites you to come out for this event-spectators are welcome for a nominal admission fee but space is limited to standing room only and paid parking is available to first come first served.

Find out about Erica Wiebe here.

Lakehead Wrestling Club invites the community to an all ages dinner (dress code is casual attire) with Erica Wiebe on Friday March 31 at the Lakehead University Faculty Lounge.

At 5 p.m. there will be a symposium followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

There are two options for ticket purchase-please go to www.lakeheadwrestling.net for more details.

RSVP or ticket purchase is required because seats are limited-please don’t miss this opportunity!

Anyone with any diet concerns may contact Lakehead Wrestling Club by email-lwcwolves@gmail.com.

From March 31 - April 2 at the fieldhouse Erica Wiebe will be hosting wrestling camps for elementary and high school wrestlers.

Lakehead Public Schools and the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board each will be sending up to 200 high school students to listen to Erica’s presentation on Friday March 31.

Her topics will include women in sport, preparation, and her road to gold in Rio.

"LWC is excited that we are able to have Erica share her passion and knowledge of wrestling with our members."

LWC coaches will be on hand as well to assist wrestlers on the mat.

Any youth/high school wrestler of any experience level or those wishing to try wrestling for the first time are encouraged to attend.

There is a cost involved; the fee includes four hours of instruction and a t-shirt.

For more information or to register for these camps please visit www.lakeheadwrestling.net/erica-wiebe.

Please come out and support our wrestling community!

- Submitted by Trevor Lee

NOTE:  Erica Wiebe will be accompanied by fellow 2016 Rio Olympic Canadian Wrestler Korey Jarvis.

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