The CIS comes in for criticism, much of it justified, but it deserves praise when you read how tough it's been to get women's wrestling accepted as a full-fledged NCAA sport.
No doubt the pioneering female wrestlers in Canada encounted their share of opposition, maybe a little bit of ridicule, but the point it was that way back in the last century. Honestly, as a sports nut, it was like one day wrestling was a single-gender sport, and the next day it wasn't.
And of course, a CIS alumna, Brock grad Tonya Verbeek, won an Olympic silver medal in the Athens in 2004. It should be acknowledged and it should be something we should be proud of, that the decision-makers were open-minded and realized
Here's hoping the NCAA get its. Apparently, it won't even include women's wrestling as an "emerging sport," but it's interested in adding women's volleyball. Gee, why would that be?
Women Want to Wrestle; Small Colleges Oblige (Katie Thomas, The New York Times, May 27)