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Sheridan Alumni Take on the World at Olympic Games

September 11, 2012

Athletic Therapist, Surinder Budwal helped the Canadian Wrestling Team reach the podium at the Olympics this summer. The 2003 Sports Injury Management grad travelled to London as the Athletic Therapist for the team which took home a silver and bronze medal. (Tonya Verbeek won silver; Carol Huynh won bronze).

There were many great moments but the high points were definitely the medals,” says Surinder. “The team performed phenomenally, better than Beijing.” London is Surinder’s second Games, after his Olympic debut in 2006 with the multiple award-winning wrestling team.

As part of a three-person medical team, he put in some long days during the Games, particularly since each wrestler needed to complete all his or her matches in one day.

Despite the pressure, Surinder welcomed the opportunity. “The feeling of representing your country cannot be understood until you actually do it,” he says. “It is truly amazing to feel so united as a country, to have one common goal in mind, and have our athletes succeed in their goals.”

Surinder is back to his hectic schedule at Wishbone Athletics in Hamilton, which he owns with fellow graduate, Naomi Bernstein (BAHSc Athletic Therapy, 2008). A part-time instructor at Sheridan since 2005, Surinder was part the medical team at the 2011 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 Pan American Games. A native of Cambridge, Ontario, he holds a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.

Surinder was one of three alumni supporting competitors or competing at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sam Gibbs (Sports Injury Management, 1998) is the Assistant Chief Athletic Therapist for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Sam has worked with many athletes at major international competitions including the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Pan-Am Games and the World University Games. Currently the Head Therapist of the Canadian Men's National Basketball Program, Sam was the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Toronto Raptors.

On the field, wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy hit the ground spinning at the Paralympic Games in September. The 2009 BAA – Illustration grad placed within the top 10 in the 800 metre and 1500 metre final races at the Games. 

Congratulations to Josh who won the Boston Marathon in April this year with a record-breaking time. Josh is the Canadian record holder in the 1,500, 5000, 10,000-metre and wheelchair marathon events.

Surinder Budwal outside the Canadian Athletes Village  Josh Cassidy London Paralympics 2012 
Surinder Budwal outside the Canadian Athletes Village  Josh Cassidy