2018 Team Picture Day – April 3rd

It’s that time of year again. Coach Payne will be at practice on Tuesday, April 3rd, for team pictures.

Coach Payne will be taking individual pictures for the team yearbook/program, as well as group pictures. Make sure to bring your team T-Shirt and your meanest wrestling face.

There will be three group pictures taken during the gap between the junior and senior practices: one with just the junior group, one with a combined group of junior and senior, and one with just the senior group. Please have patience as we juggle people in and out. We will try to get everything wrapped up as fast as possible with no broken bones or broken hearts.

Parents and athletes: If you choose not to participate in team pictures, we understand and support your decision. If so, please make your wishes clear to Coach Payne and the volunteer team.

If you would like digital copies of your own or your child’s pictures, please reach out to Coach Payne via Facebook or e-mail.

March 2018 Update

Ontario Winter Games – run by the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association March 1-3 Orillia.

This event is for athletes in grades 9-10 who qualified to be on Team SWO at our regionals or through their placings at our provincials. 7 athletes from our club competed.

Women’s Division: Shailah Allen 56kg 4th, Mya Sandrin 52 kg 1st, Brianna Fraser 60 kg 5th
Men’s Division: Tristan MacLachlan 57 kg Did not place, Brent Swain 85 kg 4th, Braedon McDonald 85 kg 2nd, Jonathan Drulard 92 kg 2nd

Overall Team SWO placed 2nd in both men’s and women’s

OFSAA March 5-7 in Windsor at the Windsor Family Credit Union Arena.

The top high school wrestlers from all over Ontario were in Windsor for OFSAA. This is often called the “Tournament of Champions” because all competitors must qualify through their regions to be there. We compete in SWOSSAA where two wrestlers per weight qualify. LKSSAA sends the top 4 to SWOSSAA.
In OFSAA the top 6 make the podium and top 4 earn OFSAA medals

LCCVI Women: Emma McLaughlin 77kg women 3rd place
GLSS Men: Silas Allen 72 kg 4th, Nathan Angle 77kg 5th, Quinn Jennings 83kg 6th, Gavin Whiteye HWT 4th
Overall Men’s Team placing 7th
St Patrick’s Women: McKenna Leong 54 kg 6th, Brianna Fraser 54 kg 2nd
Overall Women’s Team placing 10th
Men: Nathan DeCastro 44kg 3rd, Howard Moffatt 83 kg 3rd
Overall Men’s Team placing 19th

Overall Combined Team Placing Great Lakes 10th and St Patrick’s 11th.

Out of the 11 top teams at OFSAA, 4 were from the SWOSSAA Conference and we were the only conference to have multiple teams in the top 11.

Canadian University Championships Feb 23-24 at Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie.

3 former club wrestlers were competing for their respective university teams.

Brock University won its 5th straight National Team Championship.

Emily Schaefer of Brock 1st place 55kg

Jessica Bershatsky of Lakehead 2nd 51 kg

Kevin Leatherdale of Lakehead 6th at 61 kg.

Emily Schaefer was elected to the Senior National Team to compete at the Women’s World Cup March 17-18 in Tokyo Japan.
Emily was part of the Canadian Team at 59 kg that boasts former world and Olympic Champions. Canada is in Pool A vs Japan (the best program in the world for women’s wrestling), USA and Sweden. Pool B are Belarus, Romania, China and Mongolia. The top 8 countries from the past world championships are selected to compete in the world cup and the format is duals meets.

Emily Schaefer 57kg has also been selected to Team Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games April 11-13 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Emily won the trials earlier in the season to secure her spot on Team Canada

Long-Term Athlete Development Resources

We at Sarnia/Bluewater Wrestling ascribe whole-heartedly to CAWA’s Long-Term Athlete Development model.

The model is used to shape what skills, competencies, and capabilities coaches, parents and athletes should strive for at each stage of athlete growth, from our youngest athletes all the way up to Olympic contenders.

If you’re interested in learning more about this, please check out CAWA’s LTAD Webpage at: https://wrestling.ca/coaches/long-term-athlete-development. Most notable is their complete 32-page manual.

From CAWA:

What is Long-Term Athlete Development?

LTAD is a new wave in athlete development, based on the integration of sport science research with experience in working with athletes and coaches to develop a comprehensive set of development principles. LTAD takes the concept of periodization (the integration of competition, training, recovery, nutrition, and other elements of preparation to create a long-term training plan) to the next level, by integrating preparation over an entire career or lifetime, and considering the holistic development of the individual as well as his/her development as an athlete.

Today, every Canadian sport organization is using LTAD as the basis for their long-term planning. More information can be found in the document “Canadian Sport for Life”, as well as other LTAD resource papers published by the Canadian Sport Centres and available at www.canadiansportforlife.ca/.


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Training Times

Sessions Start January 11, 2018
Grades 1-6 Tuesday and Thursdays 6:30 to 7:30
Grades 7-8 Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 to 9:00


Great Lakes Secondary School – Room 99


$150 Includes membership to Sarnia Wrestling Club and the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association, T-Shirt and Awards

Our coaches are certified through the Coaches Association of Canada and Sport Canada

For more information

John Burke john.burke966@gmail.com 519 466-7403
Jeff Vanderslagt youshouldwrestle@gmail.com

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WRESTLING CLINIC Cleopas Ncube – Dec 16th, 2017

On Saturday, Dec 16th, 2017 there will be two sessions at 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:30 with McMaster University Head Coach, Cleopas Ncube. Special guest is Rob Betz – former McMaster University Coach. Both of these men were place winners at the world championships and multiple time national champions. It’s an amazing opportunity to have them in town to kick off the holidays.


Saturday December 16, 2017

Two Sessions

10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:30

Registration opens at 9:30
Room 99 at Great Lakes Secondary School


$20 – includes snacks and refreshments

You are encouraged to bring a lunch.

For information and to RSVP your spot contact:
Coach John Burke at john.burke966@gmail.com or call 519 466-7403

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