Joe Sullivan

Hazelton, British Columbia

If anyone should wonder why Hazelton was known in BC and around the world as a ‘hotbed of wrestling’, the answer is simple: the amazing coaching and remarkable dedication of Joe Sullivan. Not only has Joe coached two students who later went on to the Olympics, one of whom brought home gold in 2008, Joe built a wrestling program that was as much about developing the student as a person, as it was about competition. The legacy of this former teacher and wrestling coach is a tree that continues to bear fruit and nourish his community, the province and his former students.


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