Canada Awarded United World Wrestling Awards
Toronto, ON – At a pre-finals ceremony at the Mississauga Sports Centre durring the wrestling competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games, awards were presented by the United World Wrestling Federation to Canadian representatives. Awards included the Golden Boot Award as well as United World Wrestling Star Awards.
In front of a large crowd, announcers awarded the Golden Boot Award for 2015. The Golden Boot Award is presented by United World Wrestling Americas for contribution to the development of Olympic wrestling in the Americas and was awarded to the host organizing provincial and national wrestling associations of the TO2015 Pan Am Games.
Accepting on behalf of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association was President of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association Bill Hogarth. Accepting on behalf of Wrestling Canada Lutte was Don Ryan, President of Wrestling Canada Lutte.
“Our thanks go to the United World Wrestling Federation for their acknowledgement and recognition of the national office,” said Ryan. “We would like to echo the Federations endorsement of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association, who have been steadfast in their tireless efforts to host the Pan American countries and the promotion of our wonderful sport.”
In addition to the Golden Boot Award, United World Wrestling presented Star Awards to Canadian representatives for their outstanding service to wrestling in Canada. A Silver Star Award was presented to Executive Director of Wrestling Canada Lutte, Tamara Medwidsky. Golden Star Awards were presented to:
- Chris Stefopulos and Tim MaGarrey, Wrestling Sport Organizing Chairs of the TO2015 Pan Am Games,
- Lee MacKay, United World Wrestling Instructor representing Canada
- Leigh Vierling, Wrestling Canada Lutte Women’s National Coach
- Don Ryan, President of Wrestling Canada Lutte