Tonya Verbeek

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Tonya Verbeek
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1977-08-14) 14 August 1977 (age 37)
Grimsby, ON, CAN
Height 1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 55 kilograms (121 lb)
Sport
Sport Wrestling
Updated on 6 August 2012.

Tonya Lynn Verbeek (born August 14, 1977) is a Canadian wrestler. Verbeek was the first woman to win a wrestling medal for Canada when she took silver in 2004, she added to that with a bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a second silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She has also won two bronze and a silver at the world championships and has a bronze and silver from the Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games respectively.

Sports career[edit]

She was born in Grimsby, Ontario. She took up wrestling in grade eleven and was undefeated throughout high school in Beamsville, Ontario. She trains at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, and is coached by Marty Calder.

She won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in freestyle women's wrestling in the 55 kg category.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won Canada's third medal overall, the third Canadian medal ever in women's wrestling,[1] by winning a bronze.[2] Verbeek won a silver medal at the 2011 world championships. She was undefeated in 2012 when she was named to the Canadian team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] On 9 August 2012,Verbeek defeated Geeta Phogat of India.[4]At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Verbeek won a silver medal in the Women's 55 kg freestyle category, being defeated by Saori Yoshida in the Gold Medal bout.

Wrestling record[edit]

International results[edit]

  • 2012 Olympic Games 2nd
  • 2008 Olympic Games 3
  • 2007 Olympic Trial 1
  • 2005 Senior World Championships 3
  • 2004 Olympic Games 2
  • 2004 Canada Cup 1
  • 2004 Austrian Ladies Open 1
  • 2004 Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament – 1 6
  • 2004 Athens Pre-Olympic Test Event 3
  • 2003 NYAC Tournament 1
  • 2003 World Cup of Women's Wrestling 2
  • 2003 Pan American Games 2
  • 2003 Canada Cup 2
  • 2003 Gotzis Lady Open 2
  • 2003 Hans von Zons 1
  • 2003 Pan American Championships 1
  • 2003 Klippan 4
  • 2002 World Cup of Women's Wrestling 4
  • 2002 Poland Open 4
  • 2002 World University Championships 3
  • 2001 Gilbert Schuab (56 kg) 1
  • 2000 Canada Cup (56 kg) 4
  • 1995 Sunkist 4
  • 1995 Senior World Championships 5

Canadian National Championships[edit]

  • 2005 Senior National Championships 1
  • 2003 Senior National Championships 2
  • 2002 Senior National Championships 2
  • 2001 Senior National Championship (56 kg) 3
  • 2000 Senior National Championship (56 kg) 3
  • 1999 Senior National Championships (56 kg) 4
  • 1997 Junior National Championships (56 kg) 2
  • 1996 Senior National Championships 2
  • 1995 Senior National Championship 1
  • 1995 Espoir National Championships 1
  • 1994 Senior National Championship 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBC Television, Olympic Late Night, 16 Aug 2008
  2. ^ "Roll call: Canada's medal winners". Sympatico MSN. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Carol Huynh, Tonya Verbeek top Canadian Olympic wrestlers". CBC Sports. July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Olympic wrestling: Geeta Phogat loses opening fight". Retrieved 09-08-2012. 

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