Kjeld Brodsgaard enters the Hall of Fame in the Builder category for both wrestling and soccer. Kjeld was born in Denmark and when he was sixteen, the Brodsgaards moved to Canada. He competed in wrestling until graduating from high school in 1970 but he continues playing soccer to this day.
Kjeld's accomplishments over the past four decades are nothing short of astonishing. He has served from the local to the international levels as a coach, official, and organizer. On the wrestling side, Kjeld officiated on the provincial scene at high school championships, and both the BC Summer and Winter Games. At the national level he officiated for 27 years at more than 75 National Championships. From 1983 to 1989 Kjeld served first as Vice President of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Official's Association and then as President. He was the Head Official for two Olympic Trials in 1996 and 2000.
On the international scene, his record includes officiating at Internal Level for 22 years until 2002. He was awarded the Federation of Associated Wrestling StylesExceptionnel Officialfor 13 years, the highest rank possible for an international official. Kjeld officiated at more than 60 International Championships including 20 World Championships and World Cups held in Tokyo,Tehran, Atlanta, Stockholm and elsewhere. He participated in Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sydney, Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and Manchester, two Pan Am Games, two European Championships and the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Now, on the soccer side. He started the Team Sales Goalkeeping Clinic, which is free for aspiring keepers, and for more than ten years he coached keepers at both the juvenile and senior levels. He was a Director on the Board of the Vancouver Island Soccer League for 15 years serving as Vice President, President and Past President. Kjeld was VP of Operations for the U19 Women's World Cup and the U20 Men's World Cup and he was Chair of Wrestling for the 94 Commonwealth Games.
Kjeld is still at it today. He is currently the Senior VP of the BC Soccer Association and a Director of the BC Games Society where he is the Chair of the Sports Committee.
These are only some of the many contributions that Kjeld continues to make in the development of wrestling and soccer, both here and abroad. During this long and stellar career he has accumulated many awards for his dedication and commitment including recipient of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles Gold Star; BC Wrestling Official of the Year on four occasions; Canadian Male Official of the Year; and Induction into the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.
Additional honours include the BC Wrestling Officials Association scholarship established in his name and the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Officials Association award in his name.
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