August 22, 2021,
Venture there for the first time and you may never want to leave.
Have you ever traveled to a place that you’ve never been to, and despite your research, it was surprisingly far better than advertised?
Was that place Ontario? We wouldn’t be surprised if it were.
Ontario is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada.
The team at ontario.ca encourages you to come for a visit.
The expansive landscape includes the vast, rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield, which separates the fertile farmland in the south and the grassy lowlands of the north.
Ontario’s more than 250,000 lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water.
Ontario generates 37% of Canada’s GDP and is home to almost 50% of all employees in high tech, financial services and other knowledge-intensive industries.
The region lies in the core of the North American Free Trade area, which includes more than 460 million people and generates a combined gross domestic product of more than $18 trillion. Ontario has more than half of the highest quality (“Class 1”) farm land in Canada. There are 51,950 farms in Ontario (Census of Agriculture, 2011) and they make up almost one-quarter of all farm revenue in Canada.
Do you love to fish?
Common fish in Ontario include yellow perch, bluegill, northern pike, and walleye.
Her parks attract about 10 million visitors each year and provide places for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, nature viewing and fishing. We can smell the fresh air from here.
Well, certainly so much to go for. And there is more.
Ontario is also home to one of Canada’s premiere women’s collegiate wrestling programs located at the University of Guelph.
The University of Guelph (U of G) is a comprehensive public research university in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
It was established in 1964.
Guelph has since grown to an institution of more than 32,000 students (including those at the Humber campus, off-campus degree enrollments, diploma enrollments and part-time students) and over 1,500 faculty (academic staff) as of fall 2015.
The main university campus spans 1,017 acres.
It offers 94 undergraduate degrees, 48 graduate programs, and 6 associate degrees in many different disciplines.
The Veterinary medicine program at the University of Guelph was ranked 4th in the world in 2015.
The University of Guelph is ranked 4th in Canada in Maclean’s “University Rankings 2018” in the Comprehensive category, which includes universities that conduct a significant degree of research and offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. It is given top marks for student satisfaction among medium-sized universities in Canada by The Globe and Mail.
Well done. What is their philosophy that helps make them so successful?
Visiting their home at uoguelph.ca they educate with a smile, “The University of Guelph is like no other university in Canada. Research-intensive and learner-centred, our campuses span urban hubs and rural communities. We are known for excellence in the arts and sciences, and for our commitment to developing exceptional thinkers and engaged citizens.
Known for its beautiful, safe campuses and welcoming, supportive culture, U of G blends historical and modern architecture with cutting-edge technology.”
“Agreeable people are warm and friendly. They’re nice; they’re polite. You find a lot of them in Canada.”… Adam Grant
We can see why so many young women would love to wrestle for Guelph. Be recruited there and you may never want to leave.
They have great leadership. Especially at the coaching position. He has brought their women’s wrestling program a long way.
His name is Doug Cox.
The 2019-20 season marked Mr. Cox’s 25th season as head coach of the men’s and women’s varsity wrestling programs at the University of Guelph.
Since his appointment in the mid-1990’s, both varsity teams, as well as the Guelph Wrestling Club, have improved in performance and increased in size each year.
Some individuals make great athletes. Others find their calling as a stellar coach.
Doug Cox’s career has seen both.
As an athlete, Doug put together a decorated wrestling career, earning the title of two-time Olympian (1988 & 1996).
According to Guelph’s Athletic Department, “At the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, Doug pulled off the rare feat of competing in a pair of disciplines, with the Guelph native representing Canada in both Freestyle as well as Greco-Roman in the men’s 96kg weight class. In 1987, Doug became a Pan-Am Games champion after winning the gold medal in the men’s 90kg freestyle. In 2005, Doug was inducted into the Wrestling Canada Hall of Fame. In his lone season competing as a Gryphon, Doug earned the title of national champion, winning the U SPORTS gold medal in the men’s 86kg weight class during the 1984-85 season.”
Since becoming the leader as head coach of the Guelph Gryphons wrestling teams, Doug has been named OUA Coach of the Year on three separate occasions (2013-14, 2001-02, 1995-96).
The women’s wrestling team has been equally impressive including being ranked number 4 nationally in 2018.
It’s the Gryphon Way.
You know what a gryphon is, right?
The gryphon or griffin, is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and sometimes an eagle’s talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds, by the Middle Ages, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Since classical antiquity, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.
The Guelph women’s wrestling program is becoming a symbol of power and dynamic achievement.
Traveling to Ontario may be a life altering experience.
Watching the female wrestlers of Guelph compete enhances that memory.
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The link below, you can see much of the Canadian women’s wrestling teams.