Three-time Olympic wrestler Tonya Verbeek will attend the third annual Joker Slam, a three-day bout and clinic to mark the start of the 10th season at John Oliver secondary and recognize returning alumni.
The Slam begins Oct. 31 at J.O. and culminates at Simon Fraser University Nov. 2.
Verbeek, 36, won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games and bronze medals at both the 2008 Beijing Games and most recently at the 2012 London Games. She is now an assistant coach at Brock University.
Verbeek on her transition from competing to coaching:
She will host a clinic alongside fellow Olympian Chris Wilson, a six-time national champion and junior world champion who also handed Arsen Fadzaev, the only two losses of his legendary career at 149.5 pounds.
Two of the greatest wrestlers in Canadian history will run drills and teach technique to high school and university students Nov. 1 at J.O. beginning at 10:30 a.m. The clinic is free and open to the public.
Joker alumni from SFU and the University of Winnipeg will also attend the Slam, including wrestlers who reached national and junior champion status while at J.O.
Wilson wrestles at the 1990 Goodwill Games:
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