I cannot say enough positive things about our experience with BTS Toronto, and especially director Neal Ewers, who hosted our kids from New York City for a week of competition and training. From the first communication to our last goodbyes at a family style BBQ, Neal made sure we were taken care of like family. BTS Toronto provided us with a place for the kids to stay (Thanks coach Mar!) as well as amazing training & facilities. The results? Simply incredible. Our kids from south of the border were pushed beyond their comfort zone while being supported in a way that made them push each other even when things got difficult. Once we got back to NY, I asked the kids on their thoughts:
"Our trip to Canada came with many lessons; it taught us that nothing in life is easy and you have to work hard & do things you've never done to get things you've never had. Coach Neal, coach Mar, and the Beloglazov brothers taught us than not only should we strive to become better wresters, but also better people. We should fight hard on the mat in the same way you fight for things in life because if you're afraid to fail, you'll never succeed."
The quote above comes from a wrester who was at first lukewarm to even the idea of wrestling. Then she decided she'd try out because her friends were doing it, but often letting me know she wasn't coming back next season. Now she always wants to know when/where the next practice is, and most importantly, when we're going back to Canada. Y'all funny talking folks are sure doing something right up in Toronto. Special shout-out to coach Bernard and trainer Mario for their support. We can't wait to come back!