Seasoned Grapplers Head To Winnipeg

Many of Canada's up and coming international stars are expected to represent their home province at the 2017 Canada Summer Games

  1. Jun 28, 2017 11:00 AM MDT
  2. Story By: Andrew Ross
  3. The Canada Summer Games bring together the best wrestlers from across the nation. The games not only provide athletes the opportunity to represent their province on the biggest national stage, but help the athletes prepare for success on the international stage. Today, we highlight three competitors heading to Winnipeg this August who are no strangers to representing Canada and medalling on the international stage.

  4. Alexia Seal - 44 kg (British Columbia)

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  6. The Mission, BC native comes into the Canada Summer games as the top-ranked 44 kg Junior wrestler in Canada. The Coast Wrestling Academy star hit the international scene in 2015, claiming a bronze medal at the Cadet Pan-American Championships and an 11th place finish at the Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2016 saw her repeat her bronze medal performance at the Cadet Pan-American Championships, followed by an improved 8th place finish at the Cadet World Championships in Tbilsi, Georgia. 2017 has already seen Alexia reach tremendous success in her first junior year, dominating her way through the Canadian Juvenile Championships & Canadian Junior Championships, followed by a gold medal performace at the Junior Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru. She looks to continue this momentum heading into Winnipeg this August!

  7. Connor McNeice - 65 kg (Alberta)

  8. Repechage FS - 58 kg: C. MCNEICE (CAN) df. A. WOLNY (GER), 10-2
  9. A three-time cadet world team member, Connor McNeice of the Cochrane Cowboys brings a wealth of international experience to the mats in Winnipeg. Winning a cadet national title in 2014, McNeice joined Team Canada in Snina, Slovakia at the 2014 Cadet World Championships, placing 17th at the event at 50 kg. Moving up in weight, he once again claimed a cadet national title in 2015, followed by a silver medal at the Cadet Pan-American Championships. His 2015 run culminated in a 5th place finish at the Cadet World Championships, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal in a back and forth contest with international wrestling powerhouse Iran. In 2016, McNeice claimed the gold medal at the Cadet Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru. This year, McNeice continued his national title run with his 4th straight gold medal and travelled overseas to Sassari, Italy to compete and train with some of the best juniors in Europe. He will look to cap off 2017 by leading his team to gold this summer.

  10. Tejvir Boal - 85 kg (Ontario)

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  12. Representing Akhara of Champions out of Mississauga, Ontario, Tejvir Boal holds the distinction of representing and medalling for Canada abroad in two age groups in the same calendar year. Breaking through in 2015, Boal won his first cadet national title in the 85 kg weight class. Qualifying for the 2015 Cadet Pan-American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, he returned home with the bronze medal. The following year, Boal would accomplish a rare feat, winning both the 2016 Canadian Juvenile Championships and the 2016 Canadian Junior Championships. This accomplishment was further highlighted by representing Canada abroad in two age classes. First was a bronze medal at the 2016 Junior Pan-American Championships, followed by a silver medal at the 2016 Cadet Pan-American Championships. His whirlwind 2016 season concluded by representing Canada at the Junior World Championships in Macon, France. Gold at the 2017 Canadian Juvenile Championships this past April came as no surprise. Boal will look to match the feat this August in Winnipeg.

  13. Between these individuals, and numerous others we will be highlighting over the summer, there will be no shortage of talent in the wrestling competition this August in Winnipeg. As provincial teams are busy training for the top spot on the podium, travelling abroad in many instances, there is no doubt the Canada Games experience will introduce, inspire and elevate our athletes to the ultimate goal of representing Canada on the grandest stages of sport.
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