Wrestling Olympian Verbeek pins down financial aid

Canada’s first female Olympic medallist has won herself another award.

Beamsville’s Tonya Verbeek, the silver medal winner in the 55kg class at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, will receive a $5,000 bursary from the Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund. Verbeek, who turns 29 next month, is one of 20 of Canada’s top athletes to receive the financial assistance which is intended to reduce training and competitions costs. Selection criteria includes athletic achievement, financial need, and community involvement.

The National Wrestling Team member has compiled an impressive national and international record since hitting the senior mats in 1994.

Although she didn’t take up the sport until Grade 11, she was undefeated during her brief high school wrestling career.

Verbeek’s international results

2005 Senior World Championships, third
2004 Olympic Games, second
2004 Canada Cup, first
2004 Austrian Ladies Open, first
2004 Athens Pre-Olympic Test Event, third
2003 NYAC Tournament, first
2003 World Cup of Women’s Wrestling, second
2003 Pan American Games, second
2003 Canada Cup, second
2003 Gotzis Lady Open, second
2003 Hans von Zons, first
2003 Pan American Championships, first
2003 Klippan, fourth
2002 World Cup of Women’s Wrestling, fourth
2002 Poland Open, fourth
2002 World University Championships, third
2001 Gilbert Schuab (56 kg), first
2000 Canada Cup (56 kg), fourth
1995 Sunkist, fourth
1995 Senior World Championships, fifth

Canadian National Championships

2005 Senior National Championships, first
2003 Senior National Championships, second
2002 Senior National Championships, second
2001 Senior National Championship (56 kg), third
2000 Senior National Championship (56 kg), third
1999 Senior National Championships (56 kg), fourth
1997 Junior National Championships (56 kg), second
1996 Senior National Championships, second
1995 Senior National Championship, first
1995 Espoir National Championships, first
1994 Senior National Championship, second