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photo by Gord Bowes

photo by Gord Bowes

Kathy Archer, with a pair of her late father’s wrestling boots, and Cooper Barham are surrounded by GWN wrestlers Tom “Wildfire” Burch (left), “Mad Dog” Mike Emery, Geoff “The Face” Kernan, Donovan “Jack” O’Shea and Bam Bam.

Great White North rallies for Mountain Kidz Klub

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A group of wrestlers with hearts as big as their muscles is putting on a fundraising show for a group of volunteers that puts every penny they receive into programming for children.
Since 2007, Great White North Wrestling has been putting on charity shows, says promoter Jack Kinsella, who also wrestles. The group has raised over $40,000 since then for local children’s causes with its family-oriented shows.
Kinsella was told by a friend that Mountain Kidz Klub was worthy of some help. After some research, he set up a full card for March 2, one day after the club marks a decade and a half of service.
What he didn’t know until later, however, was that there was a deeper connection than he could have imagined with Mountain Kidz Klub founder Kathy Archer. Her father, Kenneth Wilde, was a well-known professional wrestler back in the day.  So was Kinsell’s grandfather, Irish Jack O’Shea.
“My grandfather wrestled with him,” says Kinsella.
Sadly, Wilde passed away on Jan. 17. But the connection between the club’s anniversary and her father’s passion isn’t lost on Archer.
“This will be a good way to celebrate our 15th anniversary,” she said.
Some of the wrestlers will be at a meet-and-greet at Eastmount Community Centre, 115 East 26th St., on Feb. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the March 2 show, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 239 Kenilworth Ave. North, will be available at the meet-and-greet. Tickets are $8 (or $10 at the show). For more information, see GWN Fandemonium on Facebook.
One day before the wrestling event, on March 1 from 1:30-4 p.m., Mountain Kidz Klub will be holding its anniversary party at Eastmount. Tickets are $2 per person, each child receives a new toy.

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