Jason's Blog


  • Wrestling with Life
    Friday September 15th 2017 On Wednesday September 13th, George Reinitz, sponsor and one of the founders for the Montreal YMHA Wrestling Club held a book signing for his memoir, "Wrestling with Life". I had the...
  • The benefits of Sports for School
    Monday September 4th 2017 As a new school year is upon us, I thought I would take a look at sports and school and the struggle that our Quebec athletes face as they pursue the...
  • Something Special
    Saturday August 19th 2017 It's been almost a week since we got back from the Canada Games. As always, I like to reflect upon what's happened and how it affects the state of wrestling in...
  • Is wrestling a combat sport?
    Saturday July 29th 2017 The sport of wrestling has been around for thousands of years, dating back to the time of the original Olympiad. Paintings and murals of the ancient Olympics depicted the events as...
  • Athlete's funding at the grassroots level
    Monday July 17th 2017 I recently got into a conversation with another coach about the subject of funding for athletes in amateur sports. This is always a touchy subject as funding at the lower levels...
  • Pushing athletes
    Monday June 26th 2017 As preparations for the upcoming Canada Games approaches this summer, I recently got into a conversation with a colleague from work. Discussions centred on the Canada Games and how her son...
  • My thoughts from Sardinia
    Saturday June 10th 2017 Having had more than week to reflect on my trip, and coming back to some truly depressing initial June weather here in Montreal, I can now give my full impressions on...
  • Wrestling Training Camps
    Wednesday June 7th 2017 What a week! Having just returned from the international wrestling training camp in Sardinia Italy, I’m considerably more tanned and well rested from my trip. While it may have seemed like...
  • Starting up a program
    Tuedsay May 23rd 2017 When starting up a program, there are many challenges that you will face. This goes for an academic, cultural or athletic program and whether it's at a community centre or at...
  • A busy summer ahead
    Friday May 12th 2017 The summer months usually mark the off-season for high-school and university wrestlers. Competitions in the summer are few and far between as the focus shifts to international tournaments featuring usually featuring...
  • Developing a High-Performance athlete
    Saturday April 22nd 2017 In the world of sports, I have seen many different category of athletes. Athletes have their own personal foibles and behave very differently from non-athletes. Wrestling sees many of these personality...
  • The road to the Nationals
    Thursday March 23rd 2017 In the world of amateur sports, there are a lot challenges. For one, there is no professional contract that keeps you supported financially while you're competing. Often athletes struggle with making...
  • Sports and Politics
    Monday March 6th 2017 I normally don't like to get political in what I write. I feel that the blog is there for wrestling and to promote the sport of wrestling and politics shouldn't factor...
  • Sports and Travel
    April 14th, 2017 Now that the Nationals are over and I find myself planning my trip to Sardenia Italy to coach at the Roger Milone tournament, I realize that the sport of wrestling has afforded...
  • Some thoughts at this point in the season
    Monday February 27th 2017 With the GMAA and CIS seasons coming to an end and the Canadian Junior-Senior Nationals just around the corner, I felt myself contemplating a few things. First, wrestling is a tough...
  • The Dual-Meet Format
    Wednesday December 14th 2016 Having coached at the Bishop Ryan and Matmen tournaments this weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many athletes competing at these tournaments. Bishop Ryan had three hundred athletes compete...
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