Canadian Wrestling Federation puts on thrilling show
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
More than 200 people filled the Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena last Friday evening for an action-packed performance by the Canadian Wrestling Federation (CWF).
Wrestling in the North is nothing new for them. “With CWF, we’re all over the Northern reserves,” said wrestler Rex Atkins.
CWF is Canada’s biggest touring wrestling promotion, and 90 per cent of their events are done on First Nations land.
CWF performs at schools and in arenas on reserves. They also do workshops on anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and workshops on positive life choices.
Atkins explained how his career goals changed after experiencing reserve tours and shows.
“I got into wrestling just to get to WWE and then, after years, I got into this and my goals changed. Now I want to keep going to these reserves and just keep working with the kids there,” he said.
As for the show in Sioux Lookout, many people in the audience didn’t stop cheering from the beginning of the first match until the end of the night.
“The feedback has been great. People really like the idea that we’re offering something that they don’t have to leave the community to see,” said Sioux Lookout recreation and culture manager Rick Ladouceur, who initiated the event.
Ladouceur said his goal was to bring a unique event to Sioux Lookout that would be fairly new and accessible for the community.
“I wanted to bring something to town that people here haven’t seen, or haven’t seen in a long time, so I thought it would be a great night of entertainment for the folks here,” he explained.
Mayor Doug Lawrance was in attendance. He said he enjoyed the atmosphere at the show and he was pleased with the positive feedback the event created.
“I think it’s a great idea, and kudos to the rec department for doing it. Everyone here is very excited, and it’s great to see parents bringing their kids,” said Lawrance.
The event marked the end of the CWF spring tour. Their summer tours start in June and run until the end of August.