Guy Zink says his experience as a student athlete at Western changed his direction in life.
"Had it not been for an encouraging recruitment letter from Coach Glynn Leyshon, I would not have gone to university at all,” Zink says. “My university experiences built my confidence in so many ways and set the stage for a lifetime in teaching and coaching which has been so enriching for me.”
As a member of the Western wrestling team, Zink was undefeated in OUA dual meet and tournament competition, winning four OUA gold medals, two CIS gold medals and the National Open Championship. He was selected as wrestling MVP twice and competed as a member of the national team in the World Championships and the World University Games.
“Certainly, I am proud of my accomplishments as a wrestler,” says Zink, who says the most important experiences were in the practice room in the bowels of Alumni Hall.
“This is where the real stuff happened. The preparation for the contest was far more taxing than the contest itself,” he says. “More importantly, that is where I solidified so many friendships that have lasted over 40 years. The relationships established with those guys far outweigh any feelings I have about my own achievements.”
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