Canada’s Pan Am Hopefuls – Arjan Singh Bhullar

Arjan made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Summer Games. He previously won a bronze medal from the 2007 Rio Pan Am Games, and a gold from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. The son of a famous Indian wrestler, he was also the first Canadian of South Asian origin to qualify for Olympic freestyle wrestling.

Canada’s Pan Am Hopefuls – Arjan Singh Bhullar

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Transcript: “Canada’s Pan Am Hopefuls – Arjan Singh Bhullar”

Video length: 3:04 minutes

The video begins with music playing in the background. A close-up of Arjan Singh Bhullar appears on the screen with his name at the bottom of the screen and lighting effects. Arjan narrates.

NARRATOR: My name is Arjan Singh Bhullar, born and raised here in Richmond, B.C. I compete in the sport of Olympic wrestling 120 kilograms and I’m looking forward to the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Various video frames of Arjan jumping rope and wrestling are shown. The text “2015 Pan Am Arjan Singh Bhullar” appears at the bottom of the screen.

In the middle of the screen the text “Wrestling Canada” appears.

Background changes to Arjan running in a field.

NARRATOR: My goal, going to the Pan Am Games, like every other competition, is to win a gold medal. In 2007, it was my first year on the team—I was a rookie—but I was able to bag a bronze medal for my country.

Background changes to blue with a globe and glowing maple leaves. Arjan talks to the camera.

NARRATOR: Continuing that on into the Olympic Games, I was able to qualify this time around and represent my country at the Olympic Games which was a dream come true. You know, I paid homage to my people, my past, my culture by wearing a turban at the opening ceremonies there, and you know, that was…I had a lot of messages from… just from fans around the world on how inspiring that was to them.

Background changes to Arjan wrestling in a gym and is followed by footage of him sparring with an opponent in a gym.

NARRATOR: It’s a great opportunity to showcase the sport of wrestling. You know, many people don’t realize outside our sport, but we’re one of the most successful sports in the Olympic Games, and the Pan Ams are no different. You know, we’ve won a medal every year since 1984—except 1988—that’s only one Olympics we missed.

Background changes to blue with a globe and glowing maple leaves. Arjan talks to the camera.

NARRATOR: Not many sports have that kind of longevity and consistency, and this is a good moment…a good opportunity for all the wrestlers across Canada to showcase our sport to our country, so I’m excited for that.

Background changes to Arjan training with equipment in a gym then jumping rope.

NARRATOR: Multiculturalism is what Canada’s built on. You know, my family immigrated in the late 60’s, early 70’s, along with a lot of the Indian population from India.

Background changes to blue with a globe and glowing maple leaves. Arjan talks to the camera.

NARRATOR: And we’re going to have athletes from all different countries, all different races coming here to Canada, and there’ll be pockets of that community all over Canada. You know, that’s what our country is built on—immigrants and immigration. So it means a great deal for me. I’ve got a lot of pride in my Sikh heritage.

Background switches between Arjan training with equipment in a gym and talking in front of a blue background with a globe and glowing maple leaves.

NARRATOR: At the Olympic Games I was able to pay homage to that. Wherever I’ve gone, my name is Arjan Singh Bhullar for a reason. That “Singh” is there for a reason, and I carry that wherever I go. Canada is looked upon as a great nation anywhere you go in the world, and I’ve been everywhere as an athlete. (I feel) a tremendous amount of pride putting on that Maple Leaf jacket wherever I go as an athlete. I’m very proud to wrestle with the Maple Leaf on my chest It doesn’t matter where I go in the world, I’m very proud to represent the Maple leaf and the country of Canada.

You know, I think as athletes it’s your responsibility to kind of carry your country and where you’re from wherever you go in the world. That’s what I do and I do it proudly. You know, wherever I kind of go and I tell them I’m from Canada, you know they’re very happy to meet me…very happy to get to know me, you know. They always assume it’s very cold out here (laughs), and that sort of thing…and we talk about hockey. You know, that’s what being Canadian is about. I’m a born and bred Canadian. I’m very happy to have this opportunity. I’m very glad my family made the decision to immigrate here many years ago, and I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else in the world.

Background fades to black.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada corporate signature and the copyright message “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 2014” are displayed followed by the Canada wordmark.


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