• Wrestling
  • 2004
  • Athlete

Sean Barry

In 2003 the Sports Hall of Fame welcomed wrestling champion Michael Barry; tonight it salutes his equally successful brother Sean.

Having qualified to represent Canada at the 1980 Olympics, his chance to excel on the world stage was nullified by the boycott of those Games. But this Saint John native compensated for this disappointment with his Intercollegiate, Canadian, World Cup, Pan-American Games, International, and World Championship accomplishments during his six-year elite competitive career.

He too, was coached by Carl Schell, moved from judo to wrestling, and from Atlantic Canada to Ontario and the wrestling teams at Western and Lakehead universities. It has been said that both brothers consider the other as their toughest opponent. Could be… for both are “Hall of Famers.”

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 5th, 2004

Quick Facts

  • Competed nationally and internationally from 1975 to 1981
  • Alternate to the Canadian team for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal
  • Canadian free style champion at 57 kg in 1979 and 1981
  • Co-winner with his brother Mike of the “Outstanding Wrestler” award at the 1979 Canadian championships
  • Represented Canada at the Pan American Games in 1979
  • Represented Canada at the World Championships in 1978 (7th) and 1979 (9th)
  • Selected to the 1980 Olympic team which boycotted the Moscow Games
  • Won international competitions in Cuba, Yugoslavia, and the United States
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