Lakehead University

Athletics Department

Clayton Wins Harry Peace Award

June 18th, 2004


Lakehead University Wrestling Head Coach Francis Clayton was awarded the Harry Peace Award by the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association in recognition of Clayton’s contributions to the O.A.W.A.

The award is named after the late Harry Peace who was captain of the 1948 Canadian Olympic Wrestling Team, where he placed a creditable fifth. Peace was also instrumental in the formulation of the Ontario Wrestling Association in 1946. He was the first President of the Ontario Wrestling Federation (the name of the Association at that time).

The Harry Peace Award is dedicated to an individual who has worked dilligently to advance the management and organization of the OAWA. It is designed to recognize those individuals who generally stay "behind the scenes" as they work. Clayton has been Head Coach at Lakehead and the Northwestern Ontario Wrestling Club since 1985. He was the President of the North West Ontario Branch of the OAWA and the Northwestern Ontario member of the OAWA from 1988 to 1994. He is a founder of, a leading edge internet based coaching website aimed at wrestling coaches in remote communities.

Coach Clayton said receiving the award is a great honour. “I was surprised when I heard that I was the winner of this award. It is always gratifying to have someone outside of your immediate circle recognize a persons efforts.”

Clatyon was named Ontario University Athletic Association Wrestling Coach of the Year for 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1997-98, named Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Wrestling Coach of the Year in '95, recieved a 3M Coaching Canada Award Runner-Up Award in 1998 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to coaching, and was named OUA Women's Coach of the Year for 1999-2000.

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