Well before the inaugural modern Olympic Games of 1896, wrestling was as much a part of Greece’s cultural heritage as hockey has been to Canadians. Many experts regard wrestling as the world’s oldest competitive sport, and indeed, wall paintings in Egypt depicting grapplers date back 5,000 years. But the original Greek Olympics put wrestling on the map in the ancient world, making its Olympic debut in the Games of 708 B.C. It was apparently a much more violent, punishing sport in those early days, when it had closer ties to military training.
Freestyle wrestling appeared in the first Canada Games in 1967. Originally a winter sport, wrestling was first featured in the Canada Summer Games in 1989. The 2009 Canada Summer Games in Prince Edward Island marked the second Canada Games to feature a women’s wrestling competition.
Eligible teams can name up to 11 male and 11 female competitors.
- Must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of December 31, 2017
- Year of Birth: 2002 or later
- Sunny Dhinsa (2009)
- Riley Otto (2009)
- Dorothy Yeats (2009)
- Allyssa Cleaves (2009)
- Leah Callahan (2005)
- David Tremblay (2005)