Big time blast from the past here....
Nolan Badovinac Accepts Wrestling and Academic Scholarships to SFU
Simon Fraser University Wrestling has now officially announced that provincial and National wrestling champion Nolan Badovinac of Alberni District Secondary has accepted their scholarship offer and will attend and wrestle for the Clansmen starting in September of 2015.
The SFU press release announced that …
“Nolan Badovinac of Port Alberni, BC, one of the top high school wrestlers in Canada, has signed a National Letters of Intent to join the Simon Fraser University wrestling program, head coach Justin Abdou announced today. Badovinac is a three-time Canadian national freestyle champion. This April Badovinac recorded four pins and a technical superiority to capture the freestyle juvenile gold in the 76-kilogram Juvenile Men's Division at the Canadian Under-18 championships. It was his third straight title. He also entered the Canadian Junior Nationals (under 20) and won silver at 84 kg competing against first and second year university students.”
Head coach Abdou went on to comment that “Nolan comes from a very supportive family and he is the type of student athlete we can build around,” said Abdou. ”He has a lot of talent and a great fighting spirit, and we are looking for him to do some great things for the Clan. “I have known Nolan for five years and he has big dreams but also has the work ethic and determination to match. I am really looking forward to having him in the wrestling room.”
Badovinac attends Alberni District Secondary School where he is coached by Alberni and Clan Alumni, John McDonald ( ADSS 1983 and SFU 1988) and Alberni Wrestling club coach James Messenger ( ADSS 1998 and SFU 2004) as well as Alberni Wrestling alumnus Chris Bodnar. Another huge influence for Badovinac was ADSS and Burnaby Mountain alumnus and Olympian Travis Cross. Badovinac is a straight A student and has also received an SFU Academic Entrance Scholarship as well as an athletic scholarship to the prestigious university atop Burnaby Mountain.
“We couldn’t be happier for Nolan,” stated a proud coach John McDonald, “he has earned everything he is receiving. He is the complete package any university would love to land. He is a talented wrestler, with an impeccable work ethic, outstanding academic credentials and possesses exceptional character. Nolan has been a leader of our ADSS team for many years and I predict great things for him at SFU on and off of the mats.”
In his typical humble way Badovinac commented, “I would like to thank my family, my coaches and my teammates for all of their support and amazing help for so many years. I am very fortunate to come from this community, this school and from this wrestling program which have both given me so much. I am excited to be joining such a great school as SFU and the finest university wrestling program in Canada.”
Before he heads to SFU Badovinac has afew final exams to finish and then the ADSS Graduation ceremony on June 26. He has also been hired by Alberni Wrestling to work in partnership with SFU wrestler Ryan Yewchin to coordinate the local program’s summer camps, fundraising and community service projects over the summer. All in a day’s work for an exceptional young man.