A Tribute to Tonya
1st Olympic Wrestling Silver

1st Olympic Wrestling Silver
Medalist from Canada   
WOW    WOW!!!

1st Olympic Wrestling Silver
Medalist from Beamsville
WOW  WOW  WOW !!!!!!
On Monday, August 23, 2004, Beamsville, as well as the rest of Niagara, came to a halt, as all
eyes were glued to the TV sets.  What were they watching?  Tonya Verbeek, wrestle her way to
an Olympic Silver Medal, in Athens, Greece, and her place in history.

Tonya was wrestling in the Gold Match of Womens 55kg Freestyle, against Japan's Saori
Yoshida.  A tough match and a competor Tonya was unable to pin.  Tonya earned her way to
this match, by defeating Swedish wrestler, Ida-Theres Karlson 3-1.

Tonya began her wrestling career in the halls of Beamsville District Secondary School, under
coach Dave Collie.  After a month of practicing, Tonya was into competition.  She remained
undefeated throughout her high school career.

In 1995, she was Canadian champion and finished 5th in the world championships.  She earned 5
medals at the Canadian championships, and silver and gold medals at the Pan Am games.
She earned bronze in the Olympic qualifying tournament #2, bronze at Athens pre-olympic test
event, Gold at the Austrian Ladies Open, and Gold at the 2004 Canada Cup of wrestling just
prior to her trip to the Olympics.

CONGRATULATIONS, TONYA, the Community is extremely Proud of you.

You are "Golden" to us.