It’s Like that old quandry at Christmastime: What do you give the person who has everything?
In this case what do you say about the man who has done just about everything?
Competitor, coach, teacher, judge, administrator, commentator, Olympian, author … this is Glynn Leyshon, a bonafide wrestling icon and legend and, truly, a man for all seasons.
Born in Hamilton on August 2, 1929, Glynn turned a passion for wrestling at Western University into a remarkable journey that took him around the world in a pursuit of excellence on the mat.
Consecutive Ontario-Quebec university championships in 1953 and 1954 were the first stops in his wrestling career. He also played football for the Purple and White.
Always an organizer, Glynn was an innovator and a founder of high school wrestling in Ontario and a pioneer in establishing rules and guidelines. He was also a founder of the highly successful London-Western Wrestling Club which has produced a long list of Olympic and World championship competitors over the years.
As Western’s wrestling coach from 1964 through 1980 Glynn’s teams won eight league titles and in 1974 he was named Canadian university coach of the year.
As his reputation as a coach and developer of talent grew so did appointments as an international coach and team builder. He coached the Canadian team in four World tournaments, two world university games, the 1979 Pan-American Games and the 1980 Olympics. He had been named coach of the Olympic team in 1976 but a bureaucratic snafu resulted in him being ineligible and he became a commentator for CBC Television.
Glynn was also a respected referee in various levels from high school, university, YMCA and amateur tournaments and was the co-founder of the Ontario Wrestling Officials Association.
Throughout his career Glynn made notes and gathered anecdotes as his travels took him around the world. Much of the information he put into five books that read like a “who’s who” of amateur wrestling.
Among the many awards and citations filling his trophy case is recognition as a member of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame and Western’s W Club Hall of Fame. In addition, a wrestling awards trophy at Western bears his name.
Glynn Leyshon — a welcome addition to the London Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder/Founder Legend.