Wrestling event finds a home - Apr. 17, 2014
This isn’t how a major interprovincial event is supposed to be organized, and Pat Zwicker knows it.
The coach of the St. Stephen Wrestling Club has spent much of the last few weeks trying to figure out where to hold the Eastern Canadian Wrestling Championships.
The Garcelon Civic Center – the original venue for the event – is not yet capable of hosting the event as planned (and as promised) leaving Zwicker to find a different venue mere weeks before it is set to begin.
Zwicker thought, for a few weeks, he might host the event out of Saint Andrews. However, attempts to secure W. C. O’Neill Arena in Saint Andrews have not been successful, stated Zwicker.
Last week, he was openly pondering whether to move the event to Blacks Harbour.
Border Area Community Arena, where the event was held four years go, wasn’t available, due to the Kiwanis trade show.
Now, three weeks and two days before athletes, coaches and officials from Ontario, Quebec, and throughout the Maritimes arrive, the venue has been finalized: St. Stephen High School.
It’s not an ideal situation, Zwicker explained. Such events normally require five active mats, and the high school only has space for three.
“You run an event, four years ago, and have a big success – where everyone is giving you compliments, and you turn around and … This has been a nightmare,” stated Zwicker Wednesday morning.
The drama club will relocate its annual “princess tea,” slated for SSHS that weekend, to St. Stephen Elementary School, and Zwicker expressed his gratitude to the organizers of that event for changing their schedule to accommodate the wrestling tournament.