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belinda chou
2010 Women's Athletic Alumnae Elfrida Berzins Award Recipient

Belinda Chou’s first year as the lone female varsity wrestler at Western laid the foundation of her life and career.

“While my male teammates were doing their best to be helpful, it was tough on me physically and mentally to spar with young men who were also striving to improve their skills,” Chou recalls. “I had to learn how to be tough mentally because no one was going to feel sorry for me. I learned to endure the difficult times and keep focusing on my goals.”

Wrestling was officially recognized as a sport for women during her time at Western. Chou is regarded as one of the pioneers of women’s wrestling at Western, with her honours speaking for themselves: first place provincially and nationally; team captain and MVP; and the first Western female wrestler to win the FWP Jones Trophy.

“In my 24 years of coaching, I can say that Belinda is one of the most dedicated and well accomplished student-athletes I’ve had the pleasure of coaching,” says Ray Takahashi, her former coach. “She exemplifies much of what is highly regarded by Mustang Athletics – achievement, excellence, giving back, and being a role model for younger students, both men and women.”

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