Carol Huynh - Feature Clinician at 2017 Wrestling Camp

posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:58 PM by James Messenger

Attention Coaches, Parents and Wrestlers …..


Alberni Wrestling is proud to announce some very important news for our 2017 Alberni Summer Wrestling Camp July 13-16. 


Canada’s 2008 Olympic gold medalist Carol Huynh has been confirmed as one of our headline clinicians for the 20017 Alberni Summer Wrestling Camp. Carol grew up in Hazelton BC and was a pioneer in women’s wrestling in our province. She attended our camp as a high school participant and was eventually part of the growth of women’s wrestling at Simon Fraser University. During these years Carol was often a clinician at our Alberni Camp. In 2008 our large contingent from Port Alberni was in Beijing to support our own Travis Cross and we had the honour and thrill to be there to witness and cheer for Carol as she won her historic gold for Canada. Many of us from Alberni Wrestling were also in London for the 2012 Olympics when Carol won a bronze for her second Olympic medal.


Carol is currently a coach in Calgary and one of the leading figures within the new United World Wrestling. All of Canada were proud when Carol was a critical activist and spokesperson for UWW during the quest to have wrestling re-instated as an Olympic sport.  It is a unique opportunity for our athletes and anyone attending the 2017 Alberni Summer Wrestling Camp to have several days with one of Canada’s best and a world leader in our sport. .


A quality camp needs outstanding clinicians like Carol and the other coaches we expect to announce soon but you also need strong training partners. Typically the Alberni Camp features close to 100 athletes and a tremendous learning and training environment. We are pleased to now announce that BC Wrestling has committed to having all of their Canada Games bound Team BC in attendance for the entire camp. These athletes and the Canada Games coaches will add so much to the camp dynamic as they prepare for the Canada Games in Winnipeg in August. In addition BCWA expect many if not all of the alternates selected for the team will also be in attendance in Alberni.  This one decision now adds 30-50 of the top male and female high school wrestlers in BC to the Alberni camp. We also hope to have the Team BC athletes heading to the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto at this camp as well.


While it is only April, the Alberni Summer Wrestling Camp is shaping up to be the place to be for up and coming wrestlers July 13-16.  Registrations are now open online or via mail.  The Alberni camp features a full dormitory and meals package for out of town participants as well as bus pick up at the Nanaimo ferry terminal for mainlanders.  The normal features of this popular camp are back including two full gyms of mat space at the state of the art Alberni District Secondary School, the famous lake day, unique and fun activities and games, camp shirts, competition matches, movie nights and so much more.  An early bird discounted fee for the camp is available prior to June 1st . This fee saves you $50 off of the regular camp fees that kicks in on June 1st.  Payment can be made via bank transfer or Pay Pal.  Check out our website at or contact Camp Director James Messenger at for more information.


Coaches please circulate this info to your wrestlers and their parents now and have them register now for the 2017 Alberni Summer Wrestling Camp so they are not disappointed they missed it.

Recent Vancouver Sun Story on Carol



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posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:45 PM by James Messenger

Alberni Awards Night

posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:24 PM by James Messenger

Alberni wrestlers, family, and friends of our program. You are invited to our 39th annual wrestling awards night on Tuesday April 18th at the Italian Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm and presentations will begin at 7:00pm. This is a FREE after dinner event. Families are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and coffee and juice will be available.

Everyone involved in our program is encouraged to be there. It is important to mention that members of our Junior Club Program will be recognized. There will be a special presentation for all Grade 7 graduates of our elementary program....It can sometimes be a long evening. Our Junior and Elementary presentations will be in the early part of the program and will be followed by a short intermission so that you can duck out if you can't stay the whole evening.

Stop by ADSS or see your school coach for tickets (just how we track prospective numbers).

Nationals Fundraiser Paint Night

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:52 PM by James Messenger   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 8:53 PM ]

Click on this link to find out information about a Paint Night Friday March 17. 

Wrestler of the Week - February 23

posted Feb 28, 2017, 6:13 PM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for February 23 Grade 12 Trevor Barker.  His commitment to practice, his easy going nature and his success this year made the choice easy. Trevor finished first at the Island Championships last week at 54kg and then topped off a tough week of practice with unreal effort in the overload.  Great work Trevor and good luck to you and your Armada teammates heading to Salmon Arm for the BC High School Championships.

Wrestler of the Week - February 20

posted Feb 19, 2017, 10:31 PM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for February 16 is Grade 11 Wrestler Isaac McDonald. Isaac was selected by his peers always working hard at practice, always teasing his teammates and making everyone laugh.  Isaac’s teammates are not the only ones noticing his hard work and wrestling expertise.  Isaac just returned home from the 2017 Island Wrestling Championships where he was selected by coaches as the Most Outstanding Male Wrestler of the tournament.  Isaac won all three of his matches by pin in the first round.  Keep up the good work Isaac.

Wrestler of the Week - January 26

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:58 AM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for week of January 26 is Grade 9 up and comer Scott Coulthart. Scott was chosen for his resilience and dedication at practice. Scotty regularly wrestles older, more experienced teammates at practice and never complains. He's always looking for ways to improve and always has a positive attitude. These are just a few reasons why Scott is a great choice for wrestler of the week.

Alberni Armada Invitational Brochure

posted Jan 26, 2017, 7:15 AM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week - January 19

posted Jan 22, 2017, 4:14 PM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for January 19 is Grade 11 Wrestler Aaron Badovinac. Aaron was chosen by one of his teammates because “he has not missed a practice, he has a bright, funny personality that infects the rest of the room and he contributes greatly to our wrestling family.” Aaron’s teammates are not the only ones who think he is deserving of such recognition. He received this nomination at practice on Thursday night and on Saturday was selected by tournament coaches as the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Western Canadian Age Class. Keep up the great work Aaron!

Wrestler of the Week - January 12

posted Jan 15, 2017, 9:09 PM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for January 12 is Grade 10 Wrestler Jayden Iversen. Jayden was selected for the second time this season. Jayden never misses a run and always pushes himself during practice. His continued commitment to training and his infectious personality add a positive vibe to the practice room. 

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