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The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) held its 37th annual awards dinner Wednesday night, March 26 at the Chateau NOVA Hotel and Suites. “It was our most successful awards dinner in recent memory,” said Executive Director Pat Reid. The event had its largest turnout with participants present from most of Edmonton’s amateur boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts clubs, as well as a number of professional athletes and administrators involved in the same sports.
During the evening Commission members Ron Goltz, Lauren Sergy and Wayne Renke presented lifetime achievement awards to Ken Lakusta (pro boxing and media); to Phil Lafon (pro wrestling); and to Lorne Garner (amateur wrestling).
The same Commission members also presented trophies, and certificates of congratulations signed by Mayor Iveson, to the 2013 Athletes of the Year: Jelena Mrdjenovich (pro boxing); Ryan Ford (pro MMA); and Jesse Youngblood (pro wrestling).
Detailed biographies of the recipients, and photos of the presentations of the six award winners, can be found by selecting from the links below:
In addition to the individual award recipients, the ECSC, which prides itself on contributing to the growth of the amateur level of combative sports in the Edmonton jurisdiction, presented financial assistantship cheques to representatives of seven Edmonton combative sports clubs. They included: the Avenue Boxing Club, Bears Wrestling Club, Kamikaze Punishment Foundation, Edmonton Wrestling Club, Capital Boxing Club, Salisbury Wrestling Club and the Legion Boxing Club.
There has not been a decision on the exact date for the 2015 awards dinner, but Reid said it will occur sometime in March and likely back at the Chateau NOVA Hotel and Suites.