Gold Medal Canada Games Honours for Thunder Bay Wrestlers
THUNDER BAY – Two Thunder Bay wrestlers returned with Gold Medals from the Canada Summer Games. “It is the thrill of a lifetime, and I am really proud,” shared Marco Palermo. The sport of wrestling grounds both young men who are passionate about their sport and proud to have represented Thunder Bay and Ontario at the Canada Summer Games.
Thunder Bay wrestlers, Ron Bingham and Marco Palermo, brought back two gold medals each from the recent Canada Summer Games held in Sherbrooke Quebec from August 2nd to the 17th. This is an unprecedented accomplishment for local athletes and deserves recognition.
The Canada Summer Games are held every four years and winning a gold medal is an amazing accomplishment for our local athletes as the competition was extremely tough and national bragging rights were on the line.
Both these Thunder Bay wrestlers are now recognized as national champions.
Ron Bingham, a tall 6’1″ 210 pound grappler towers over his younger teammate Marco. Marco is 5’1″. However both young men are ambassadors for their sport. The two wrestlers demonstrate a quiet confidence and pride in their sport.
Marco enjoys the mental and physical toughness of wrestling. He won a gold medal at 2013 OFSAA and silver at the nationals. He volunteers as a coach and referee for youth wrestling tournaments in his hometown, Thunder Bay. His goal is to be in the Olympics.
Bingham states that his toughest match was against a Saskatchewan wrestler. However the Lakehead University wrestling team member, who has trained for years remains very focused on wrestling providing a real balance in his life.