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Job opportunity: Boxing Canada is looking for an Assistant Coach at the National Training Centre





Organization: Boxing Canada
Title: National Training Centre – Assistant Coach
Job Category & Nature of Position: Full time Employee
Immediate Supervisor: National Team Centre Head Coach
Ultimate Supervisor: High Performance Director


Under the direction of the National Team Centre (NTC) Head Coach, the National Training Centre Assistant Coach shall be responsible for direct coaching support and national team program implementation for athletes at the National Training Centre and identified National Development athletes. The NTC Assistant Coach shall work closely with the other National Team Coaches and the High Performance Director (HPD) to implement and run Boxing Canada’s High Performance programs.


The NTC Assistant Coach shall assist the NTC Head Coach in the operation of the elite and development programs that are run out of the National Training Centre, including planning, coaching, monitoring and evaluation.   


The individual will work out of a Boxing Canada National Training Centre. The NTC Assistant Coach and will work closely with the NTC Head Coach and other assigned National Team coaches to ensure effective operation of the centre to High Performance standards.


The NTC Assistant Coach shall comply with any and all Boxing Canada codes of conduct that relate to his/her activities.


  • Boxing Canada Competition Development certification or its equivalent as recognized by Boxing Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada and;
  • AIBA 1-star as recognized by AIBA.


Training Centre and High Performance Program:

  1. Assist the NTC Head Coach in the development, implementation and evaluation of annual and long-­‐term training and competition plans for the athletes in the training.
  2. Assist the NTC Head Coach in the execution of training and competition plans for athletes in the centre.
  3. Provide direct coaching services for National Team and/or development boxers, and coach athletes for Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and other international competitions, as assigned by the NTC Head Coach and High Performance Director.
  4. Assist the HPD and the NTC Head Coach in the development of criteria and procedures for training.
  5. Ensure appropriate files on athlete training, competition results and monitoring of progress are kept as required.
  6. Work with the NTC Head Coach in providing a continuous and progressive athlete centered high performance environment.
  7. Work with the NTC Head Coach and other assigned coaches at the National Training Centre to provide effective leadership and guidance to the programs, athletes, and support team located at the Centre

Athlete Development Program:

  1. Assist the HPD and NTC Head Coach with the implementation of a talent identification system, e.g., regional scouting, clinics, camps, etc.…
  2. Provide input and support to developing boxers and coaches in the High Performance system by visitations, clinics, camps, etc.…
  3. Assist, organize and execute Next Gen identification and selection camps in assistance with HPD and NTC Head
  4. Assist the HPD and NTC Head Coach in determining and implementing the athlete monitoring program for Next Gen

Coaching Development:

  1. Assist the HPD, NTC Head Coach, and other Boxing Canada staff in the development and implementation of a national coaching philosophy to complement the Long Term Athlete Development Model.
  2. Act as a resource person in matters relating to advanced coaching education programs and advanced coaching education.
  3. Provide assistance to club coaches, provincial coaches and other High Performance development coaches

Sport Science, Medical and Technical Research (Integrated Support Team):

  1. Assist the HPD to ensure that the Sport Science, Medical, and Technical Research needs of the National Training Centre and National Team are met.
  2. Assist the HPD with planning, implementation and monitoring of the athlete assessment and testing programs.
  3. Develop and/or assist in the development of proposals for applied sport research for the Integrated Support Team, and to assist in the delivery of the accepted proposals
  4. Maintain all relevant test results at the National Training Centre and National Team athlete under his/her direct supervision.


  1. Assist the HPD in the fleet maintenance and control of National Training Centre and National Team equipment.
  2. Prepare, on request of the HPD or the NTC Head Coach, work plans, reports and other documents as required.


The NTC Assistant Coach shall report to the NTC Head Coach and be ultimately responsible to the High Performance Director.



The NTC Assistant Coach shall participate in meetings specific to the job requirements and will be responsible to make recommendations where necessary. The individual will have sufficient authority to act in the daily management of program areas in accordance with the policies, programs assigned to the National Training Centre and the High Performance Program. Beyond these limits, the individual is required to have decisions approved by the HPD.



  1. Highly competent oral and written communication skills in English.
  2. Comfortable to work in a bilingual environment (English and French).
  3. Demonstrates great judgement and creative approaches to challenge traditional technical and training assumptions and in providing solutions.
  4. Uses appropriate techniques and communication strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and plans.
  5. Ability to accurately analyse and translate performance data into meaningful programme opportunities and to generate new ideas.
  6. Demonstrates political acumen and appropriately anticipates the political consequences of actions.
  7. Sets high goals and establishes stretch goals for personal, team and program accomplishment.
  8. Conveys an image that is consistent with the organisation’s values.
  9. Demonstrates decisiveness and action in the management of issues as they arise.

Application Deadline: March 16th, 2018

Commencement of employment: May 1st, 2018


The NTC Assistant Coach will work from Montreal.


Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and available budget. All applications will be confidential.


Applications and salary expectations should be sent via email to Andréane Bélanger 


We thank all candidates for their interest, however; only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.



Marie-Jeanne Parent to replace Mandy Bujold in the Canadian boxing delegation at the Commonwealth Games

After some deep deliberation, Mandy Bujold has decided to withdraw her name from the Canadian contingent for the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.


“After 12 years of competing at the highest level, I have decided to take a step back from international competition in 2018,” said Mandy Bujold. “During this time, I will focus on my professional development and remain involved with Boxing Canada and the National Team program. I will continue my training in Kitchener, Ontario with the support of my coach and team, with the hopes to compete for Canada at the Olympic Games in 2020. I believe this time will help me gain a fresh perspective while preparing myself for a future beyond competition.”


With 35 days to go before the start of the Games, Boxing Canada had the opportunity to nominate another female boxer to fill its athlete quota. According to the nomination procedures, the 69Kg Canadian champion Marie-Jeanne Parent was the next in line to be selected for the team and will join the six other boxers in the Canadian delegation. “To participate in the Commonwealth Games is a dream come true for me!” said Marie-Jeanne Parent following her nomination. “Life is full of surprises, but today I strongly believe that hard work paid off.”


Boxing Canada will have seven boxers to proudly represent Canada as they step into the ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018. Here are the Canadian boxers nominated:



56 Kg       Eric Basran

64 Kg       Thomas Blumenfeld

81 Kg       Harley-David O’Reilly



57 Kg       Sabrina Aubin

60 Kg       Caroline Veyre

69 Kg       Marie-Jeanne Parent

75 Kg       Tammara Thibeault


The entire Canadian Team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March 2018.


The 2018 Games will take place April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia, with 70 participating countries and over 4000 athletes taking part.



Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit for information.




Super Channel announced as the new Title Sponsor of the Canadian Boxing Championships

 Edmonton – February 27, 2018. Boxing Canada is extremely pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with Super Channel as the Title and Presenting Sponsor for the Canadian Championships. Under the two-year agreement with an option to renew, the event will now be known as The Super Channel Championships as of the 2018 edition.


­“On behalf of Boxing Canada, we are very excited to welcome Super Channel to our boxing family as the Title Sponsor of our Canadian Championships. We look forward to crowning new champions at the 2018 Super Channel Championships in Edmonton, Alberta,” mentioned Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s President.


This new partnership also marks Boxing Canada’s history as it is the first Title Sponsor associated with its national competition. This investment will not only increase the quality of the presentation, it will also optimize the scale and the visibility of the competition through promotion and broadcast opportunities while elevating the credibility and popularity of Olympic boxing. Thanks to this sponsorship agreement, Super Channel will actively support the growth of boxing throughout the country.


“With the return of boxing to Super Channel’s programming lineup, we felt it was very important to support Canadian boxing at the grassroots level,” said Don McDonald, President & CEO.  “As a proud partner of Boxing Canada, as the title and presenting sponsor of the Championships, The Super Channel Championships will highlight Canada’s best Junior, Youth and Elite boxers as they compete for national status and move onto international competition with the focus on Tokyo 2020.”


Indeed, the Super Channel Championships are the biggest Olympic boxing competition in the country. The 2018 edition is set to take place March 28th until April 1st at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South (4440 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton AB T6H 5C2), regrouping more than 230 of the best boxers in the country over five days of intense competition. Canadians are invited to attend the event or follow the athletes on live streaming to discover up-and-coming boxing stars in what is expected to be a plethora of high octane bouts that are sure to pack a punch!


"As host organizer, Boxing Alberta is excited to work alongside an Edmonton-based company to help make the 2018 Super Channel Championships great. With the addition of Super Channel as a partner, we feel it will elevate the event and Olympic boxing in Canada to increased national recognition,” affirmed Scott Kramble, Boxing Alberta’s Executive Director.


Moreover, it’s with great pleasure that boxing Olympian Dale Brown is stepping in as spokesperson for the competition. “It’s good to see boxing out west again after a number of years of absence as the last Elite Championships held in Edmonton go back to 1998. As an Olympian and a former athlete who has competed in the Nationals on ten separate occasions, this event is a spring board for future success,” said Dale Brown. “We are about to witness the best boxers Canada has to offer and I wish all athletes the best of luck!”


Super Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.


Super Channel's mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience.  With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.


Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.


Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Alliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.

Tough first round for Team Canada at the 2018 Strandja Tournament

Regrouping a total of 236 world-class boxers, the 69th International Boxing Tournament "Strandja 18" kicked off on February 19th and all three Canadian boxers were scheduled to step into the ring during the first two days of competition. Although the Canadian delegation cumulated defeats during the preliminary round of the tournament, it was a great experience for the team as they will now shift their preparation towards important competitions, the Canadian Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
Here's a recap of our boxers' performance in Bulgaria:

91 Kg Bryan Colwell

Bryan was the first Canadian to make his debut in the competition, which was also his first participation in an International tournament as part of Team Canada. For his first bout, the Canadian pugilist was opposing local boxer Ivan Mechkov. Despite giving his all in the ring, Bryan lost a 4-1 split decision to the Bulgarian boxer.
"It is not the result I was looking for in my first foray into international competition, but it is still an incredible experience. My opponent was a talented fighter and I was honoured to share the ring with him. I know when we meet again the result will be different. I have had a ton of fun and learned a lot with this trip. I look forward to getting home and getting back to work with my coaches and teammates to improve my boxing." said Bryan after his defeat.
Bryan will now focus on getting ready for the 2018 Canadian Championships taking place in Edmonton, Alberta March 27 - April 1.

57 Kg Sabrina Aubin

Ranked 22nd in the world, Sabrina stepped into the ring on the second day of competition against Lacramiora Lenuta Perijoc from Roumania. However, despite a great preparation prior to the tournament, she was unable to claim the victory and lost a unanimous decision to her opponent.
"On my part, I gave a great fight where I applied elements I had worked on in the gym. I take back a lot of positive points from this bout and a few points to work on naturally. My opponent had a lot of experience, but less techniques. She was physical and aggressive while keeping a good distance. It's the volume of punches she gave that made the difference in the outcome. I was more technical and clean, but less active when working on the inside. Overall, this bout gives me a clear picture of the things I need to work on!" said Sabrina after her bout.
Sabrina will now focus on putting the final touches on her preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia taking place April 4 - 15.

75 Kg Tammara Thibeault

Tammara was the last Canadian to enter the tournament after a tough draw, where she was scheduled to face Li Quian from China (ranked 3rd in the world) during her first bout. Indeed, the Chinese boxer won Bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as Silver at the 2014 World Championships. Ranked 17th in the world after winning the 2017 Continental Championships, Tammara had her work cut out ahead of the fight and lost a 4-0 decision to her opponent.
"Despite a difficult draw, I offered a great performance and lost a split decision to an excellent boxer. It was a difficult bout; I gave my all and I am proud of the obstacles I had to overcome in the ring. I started off strong in the first round and I dominated. The second round was closer and in the final round, I was missing a little something. This bout is exactly what I needed to advance my boxing career. I've learned a lot and I've rediscovered a pleasure I hadn't felt in a long time after exiting the ring." said Tammara Thibeault. "My teammates Sabrina and Bryan also performed very well and everyone had tough opponents. It was a extremely tough tournament with world-class boxers and despite the defeats, we gave everything we had in the ring."
Tammara will also shift her focus to her preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

3 Canadians are heading to Bulgaria for the 2018 Strandja Tournament

Three National Team boxers are currently on their way to Bulgaria to take part in the 69th International Boxing Tournament "Strandja '18". Organized by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation, the competition will take place from February 19th to the 25th and will regroup over 250 boxers from across the globe. 
Here are the Canadian boxers who will take part in the competition:
57Kg Sabrina Aubin
75Kg Tammara Thibeault
91 Kg Bryan Colwell
The official draw is scheduled on Monday February 19th and the competition will kick off on the same day. To follow the progress of our athletes, visit our Event Web page where information will be updated daily. 

Boxing Canada’s President Pat Fiacco appointed as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

AIBA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Pat Fiacco, AIBA Executive Committee Member and Chairman of Technical & Rules Commission, as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
AIBA has full confidence that his experience and knowledge of the sport of boxing will contribute to the great success of these Games.
(Source: AIBA website - February 9, 2018)
“I was very fortunate to participate in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as Canada’s Referee and Judge. In 2012, I served as the Deputy Technical Delegate at the London Olympic Games. I would like express my sincerest gratitude to the AIBA leadership for this appointment. I have now been given the biggest responsibility of my boxing career, to serve as the Technical Delegate for the sport of Boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This is the first time a Canadian will serve in this role. I am humbled and honoured and will ensure to demonstrate Canadian values expected of all Canadians. I will also make sure to proudly represent the entire AIBA Boxing family by not only my actions but by my entire Technical Officials.” mentions Pat Fiacco.
Previously, Pat Fiacco had been appointed as the Technical Delegate for many International Competitions, such as the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Quatar. He has also been a member of AIBA Referees & Judges Commission since 2011 before being appointed as Chairman of the Technical & Rules Commission in November 2017. Pat Fiacco was elected to AIBA's Executive Committee in 2014.

Four Canadians took part in the 2018 edition of the Golden Girl Championship

This past weekend, four Canadian boxers travelled along coach Jill Perry to participate in the 2018 Golden Girl Championship, the biggest female boxing tournament in the world taking place in Borås, Sweden. Two National Team athletes, 54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo and 81 Kg Marija Curran, were part of the Championship.


Here are the day-by-day results:


Youth 60 Kg Katelyn Vanderlaan (CAN) lost by split decision against Ellis Hopkins (ENG)
Elite 54 Kg Sara Haghighat- Joo (CAN) won by unanimous decision against Katrin Noren (SWE)

Elite 54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo (CAN) lost 1-4 against Sara Svensson (SWE)
Elite 69 Kg Carolyn Redmond (CAN) won 4-1 against Lena Bertelsen (DEN)

Elite 69 Kg Carolyn Redmond (CAN) lost 1-4 against Marianne Ahlborg (SWE)
Elite 81 Kg Marija Curran (CAN) won 5-0 against Martine Kjartansdottir (NOR)
Moreover, Sara Haghighat-Joo was awarded "Best Bout" of the tournament for her performance against Swedish boxer Katrin Noren.

For more pictures from the Golden Girl Championships:

(credit: Margit Kincses)

24 Canadians are newly certified with AIBA 1-Star Coaching Course

On November 20-26 2017, Boxing Canada hosted its first AIBA 1-star Coaching certification course at INS Québec (Institut National du Sport du Québec) in Montréal, where 24 Canadian coaches from across the country had been selected to go through the first level of International certification. The week-long seminar taught by the instructor Fabricio Leclercq from France.


Congratulations to all the coaches, we now have 24 newly certified AIBA 1-star coaches! "With this course, we now have a larger pool of certified coaches that will be able to travel internationally." mentions Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada's High Performance Director. 


Here's the list of the Canadian coaches who obtained their certification through this seminar:
  • Vincent AUCLAIR (QC)
  • Joseph BLANCHARD (NB)
  • Jonathan BOCHNER (ON)
  • Pascal BRABANT (QC)
  • David BRETT (BC)
  • Mandy BUJOLD (ON)
  • Socrates CELESTIAL (ON)
  • François DUGUAY (QC)
  • Samir EL MAIS (AB)
  • Shyloe Marie FIACCO (SK)
  • Dewith FRAZER (ON)
  • Vladimir GOLDENSTEIN (AB)
  • Wayne GORDON (NS)
  • Warren GRENIER (AB)
  • Jason HAYWARD (NL)
  • Miranda KAMAL (ON)
  • Benoit MARTEL (QC)
  • Raymond NAPPER (ON)
  • Robert PEGUES (BC)
  • Jill PERRY (ON)
  • Jesse PINEIRO (BC)
  • Ghislain VAUDREUIL (QC)
  • Stephanie WALKER (NS)
This coaching seminar is the second AIBA course being held in Canada in 2017, following a 1-Star referee and judges Certification course that took place in Quebec City during the Canadian Championships.

Team Canada claimed 10 victories over a total of 14 bouts against Poland (recap)

On January 26 & 28, Team Canada stepped into the ring against Poland as part of a Dual Match, an international Olympic-style boxing competition where various countries will be invited each year to challenge the Canadian delegation. For its 1st edition, Canada welcomed Poland.
After a week-long training camp, eight international bout were on the card for the 1st of 2 boxing events held at Club de Boxe de l'Est in Montreal. Here are the results:




52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Eric Basran
60 Kg Luis Santana
64 Kg Wyatt Sanford
69 Kg Hunter Lee
75 Kg Triston Brookes
81 Kg Harley-David O'Reilly
91+ Kg Alexis Barrière
2 - 1
3 - 0
2 - 1
3 - 0
1 - 2
2 - 1
0 - 3
lost RSC (r3) 
52 Kg Jakub Slominski
56 Kg Maciej Jozwik
60 Kg Adrian Kowal
64 Kg Karol Kowal
69 Kg Filip Wachala
75 Kg Bartosz Golebiewski
81 Kg Jakub Kasprzak
91+ Kg Aleksander Stawirej
Following their impressive bouts, 52 Kg Eder Clervoix and Jakub Slominski received the trophies for best boxers of the show, 60 Kg Luis Santana and Adrian Kowal were awarded the prize for the best bout.
The boxers had the opportunity for a rematch on Sunday January 28. Due to a few injuries, six bouts were on the card for the rematch and here are the results:
52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Eric Basran
60 Kg Luis Santana
64 Kg Wyatt Sanford
69 Kg Hunter Lee
81 Kg Harley-David O'Reilly
3 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 0
0 - 3
2 - 1
52 Kg Jakub Slominski
56 Kg Maciej Jozwik
60 Kg Adrian Kowal
64 Kg Karol Kowal
69 Kg Filip Wachala
81 Kg Jakub Kasprzak
Overall, the first edition was a great success as Team Canada claimed 10 victories over a total of 14 bouts. It was a great preparatory event for the boxers who will take part in the 2018 Canadian Championships in March or the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

To view all pictures from the event:

Canada vs Poland: An international Olympic-style boxing event in Montreal

Boxing Canada presents the first edition of an international Olympic-style boxing event, the Canada-Poland Dual Match, an annual competition where various countries will be invited each year to challenge the Canadian delegation. For the 1st edition, Team Canada welcomes Poland's National Team. 
The "Canada vs Poland" programme includes a week-long training camp, culminating in two events featuring eight fights  on Friday, January 26th at 7pm and on Sunday, January 28th at 1pm at East Boxing Club in Montreal, QC.
Having recently centralized the National Team within INS Québec, this boxing event is a springboard for the development of our Olympic sport and it is also a great opportunity for our National Team athletes to measure up against world-calibre boxers.
The public of all ages will be invited to attend these events where the spectators will have the occasion to become more familiar with Olympic-style boxing as our boxers are midway through the Tokyo 2020 quadrennial. 
The Canadian boxers will have the chance to perform before a roaring local crowd, a rare occurrence as most international competitions are held outside Canada. Moreover, Friday night' card will also feature a few local bouts.
The participating boxers for both events will be confirmed next week.
Tickets are available at East Boxing Club as well as at Boxing Canada's office ($20 pre-sale and $25 at the door). Quantities are limited, don't miss the opportunity to see world class boxers in action!  
For more information, please contact Boxing Canada at (514) 861-5513 or