Lakehead University

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Clayton to Attend FILA Rome

November 12th, 2004

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Lakehead University Wrestling Head Coach Francis Clayton has been chosen by the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association to represent Canadian Wrestling at the FILA Advanced School for Coaches that will be held December 9th to 11th in Rome, Italy. Also representing Canada at the school is Canadian Olympic team coach Dave Mckay.

The Advanced School is the highest professional development opportunity for international wrestling coaches and will be directed by the President of the Federation Internationale des Luttes Associees (FILA) Raphy Martinelli and FILA Vice President, Mario Saletnig.

This year’s training program will emphasize the new rules and competition system being implemented internationally by FILA which will take effect January 1, 2005. The CIS has now started to gradually implement the new rules and system in its meets. The FILA program will also cover such areas as perspectives on worldwide wrestling development, approaches and methods for training women wrestlers, doping problems and training young wrestlers, Olympic training cycles, and an exam for FILA international coaches license.

Clayton said he is honoured to attend the prestigious event. “It’s very nice to be selected because any time you’re recognized by your association for this type of an event is an honour. It should be a very good learning experience and it will be great to interact with some of the best coaches in the world.”

Lakehead Athletic Director Tom Warden said Clayton is a worthy choice. “Lakehead University is very proud of Francis for this accomplishment. It is clear that Francis’ excellent coaching ability and dedication to the sport of wrestling is the main reason Lakehead University’s program is consistently ranked in the top ten and this achievement and honor is another example of that excellence.”

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