Former wrestler Chris Wilson pins punk rocker Joe Keithley for NDP nomination
Punk legend Joe Keithley, a.k.a. Joey Shithead, put up a great fight, but it wasn't enough to defeat former world-champion wrestler Chris Wilson for the NDP nomination in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
Wilson, executive director of KidSport Tri-Cities, was supported by NDP MP Fin Donnelly and Coun. Selina Robinson, who's been nominated to run for the party in Coquitlam-Maillardville.
Keithley, a long-time resident of Burnaby and front man for the band D.O.A., finished ahead of two other candidates, former Coquitlam councillor Barrie Lynch and Vincent Wu.
Coquitlam–Burke Mountain is represented by B.C. Liberal Doug Horne, who was appointed as parliamentary secretary to the premier in September.
Wilson, a former Olympic athlete and member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, was a national champion freestyle wrestler six times. He won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, gold at the world championships in 1993 and 1994, and a silver and bronze at the world championships in 1991 and 1993, respectively.
In 1995, Wilson was the Johnny F. Bassett Award winner for being the Canadian athlete who combined strong community values with athletic achievement.
He's also founder of "The Esteem Team", which helps build confidence in young Canadians.