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Former Olympic coach Kurt Boese passes away

September 23, 2021

Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) is sad to announce the passing of former Canadian Olympic coach Kurt Boese, at 91 years of age.

Boese coached at the University of Waterloo from 1970-1978 and produced three Olympians that competed in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany: Pat Bolger, George Saunders and Egon Beiler.

Born in Bremen, Germany, Boese won numerous European tournaments as a competitor himself. In 1952, he immigrated to Canada and settled in Kitchener, Ontario. He initially began coaching at the Kitchener YMCA, before taking on the role at Waterloo.

Among his many accomplishments, Boese was a five-time Canadian national champion (1958, 1960 – FS and GR, 1962, 1963). He represented Canada twice at the Commonwealth Games in 1958 and 1962, where he won a bronze medal. He was also a member of the Canadian Olympic team for the 1960 Rome Olympics. In 1963, he won a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games, in São Paulo, Brazil. Boese was inducted into the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979.

WCL wishes its condolences to Boese’s family and friends. To see the full obituary click here.