Jordan Wong of University of Alberta Named Recipient of 2017-2018 Bob McLeod Scholarship
OTTAWA – Wrestling Canada Lutte is pleased to announce that 2017 Canadian Junior Champion at 50 kg and 2018 U SPORTS silver medallist at 54 kg, Jordan Wong of University of Alberta has been selected as the recipient of the Bob McLeod Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
We caught up with Jordan and had him answer the following questions:
When did you start wrestling, where and who have been your coaches to this point?
I started wrestling in grade 7 with the Rundle College wrestling team and continued through to grade 12. My coaches in junior high were Neil Domstad and Gary Sylven. My high school coaches were Neil Domstad and Attila Kasap. Neil Domstad has played a significant role in my development as a wrestler and has majorly contributed to my love of the sport.
In grade 8, I joined the Junior Dinos where my coaches were Dean Schmeichel and Carol Huynh. In grade 10, I joined The ROC Wrestling Club where I trained under Mike Dunn. With him as a coach, I was able to make invaluable growth as a wrestler and prepare for university wrestling.
Today, I am a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bear varsity wrestling team and my coach is Owen Dawkins. He encourages me to achieve my best on the mat, and also supports me in reaching my academic goals. This support has been critical in allowing me to find a balance between wrestling and school. I would not be where I am today without the guidance, support and encouragement from all of my coaches.
After winning a silver medal at the U SPORTS Championships, what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
My goals for the rest of the year are to continue training to improve my skills as well as placing 1st at the Junior National Championships. In training I intend to increase my repertoire of techniques and increase my overall strength.
Is there a specific career area you are looking at now or will that be something you determine further into your studies?
After completing my Pharmacology degree at the University of Alberta, I hope to pursue a career in the field of healthcare. The field of healthcare offers a variety of careers that present interesting challenges and allows me to make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis.
What aspirations do you have for international success representing Canada?
Although I have yet to compete on an international stage, I hope to one day wrestle at this level and represent my country.