Grant to assist LCI in hosting 2019 Rural Wrestling Provincial Championships

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute received a financial boost Thursday thanks to a provincial Community Initiatives Program grant.

Lethbridge-East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick was on hand to deliver a cheque for $14,379, courtesy Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism.

The Alberta Lottery Fund money will help LCI host the Rural Provincial Wrestling Championships next year from Feb. 22-23. The majority of the cost of hosting the event includes new wrestling mats. LCI hosts the rural provincials every three years.

It is an event Fitzpatrick was pleased to support.

“I am so happy I was able to stop by and deliver the cheque,” she said. “I am an old phys ed major, so any time I can give out money to sports, I’m happy.”

LCI athletic director Chris Harris added the sport of wrestling is growing in the city, and LCI is at the forefront of that. When the season kicks off in November, LCI will host students in Grade 6 all the way to Grade 12 for practices.
The school has also produced its fair share of championship-calibre wrestlers over the years and in April, two LCI students, Maren Evanson (Grade 11) and Justin Bly (Grade 12) competed in the U17/U19 Canadian Championships in Edmonton. Evanson was a silver medalist in the U19 event.

Winston Churchill’s Aiden Arn (Grade 11) also competed in nationals, along with a trio from Chinook High School, which included Mason Harris (Grade 10), Brantley Saar (Grade 9) and Angelina Ellis-Toddington (Grade 9). Ellis-Toddington was the women’s U17 Greco national champion, and Saar earned a silver in the men’s U17 Greco and Freestyle.

Bly and Evanson took silver medals at provincials, while Sophie Strong and Mason Harris earned provincials bronze medals.

Date posted: May 24, 2018