James Joy was a Canadian Intercollegiate Wrestling
Champion at Western, and while it was rowing and coaching where he made
his career, he says it was his Western wrestling experience that helped
put him on his path.
“Having both Jack Fairs and Mike Yuhasz as coaches was both inspirational and motivational,” says Joy, who also played football. “They provided the important sense of education as a lifelong odyssey.”
He says wrestling at Western was the beginning of his interest and future exploration into the concepts of Integration and Flow.
Rowing was in its infancy at Western at the time and it conflicted with football, so Joy chose to row during his summers and after graduation. From 1958-62, he was a Canadian Lightweight Sculling Champion and went on to coach the sport for a number of years, as well as write several books and manuals on the sport. Today, he runs the Joy of Sculling Coaches Conference for rowing coaches. Considered the premier conference in the United States, it had more than 300 participants last year.
Joy has three daughters (Christina, Kathleen and Alicia) living on the U.S. West Coast, while he and his wife, Cecilia, reside in Geneva, New York. His future goals are to continue offering a high quality conference to young coaches.
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