For the third edition of the International Boxing Tournament ”Balkan”, Boxing Canada is proud to announce the female boxers who will participate in the competition that will take place October 18th – 22nd in Sofia, Bulgaria. Organized by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation, this women boxing tournament regroups Youth and Elite boxers. Here are the ten Canadians who will compete:
54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
64 Kg Sara Kali
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
81 Kg Marija Curran
51 Kg Christian Zelenco
57 Kg Stéphanie Thibault
60 Kg Katiushka Vasquez-Soto
69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh
The Canadian delegation will be accompanied by coaches João Carlos Barros and Jill Perry, along with Robert Schinke (sport psychologist), Jean-Paul Raphaël (therapist) and Ève Crépeau (nutritionist). Moreover, AIBA 1-Star official Lyla Simon will also partake in the competition as a Canadian referee and judges.
“This tournament will be a great opportunity for the Youth boxers to watch and learn from the more experienced Elite boxers.” affirms Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “It will be the first competition for the Women’s National Team since their success at the Continentals and I am confident that our boxers are well-prepared coming into this tournament.” Indeed, back in June, all seven women who participated in the AMBC Continental Championships in Honduras made it all the way into the finals, which unprecedented!
The general weigh in and the official draw will take place on October 18th, 2017. Although the competition will not be available on live streaming, you can follow our boxers’ progression on our WEB PAGE for the event as well as our social media platforms (FACEBOOK PAGE & TWITTER) as information will be updated throughout the tournament.
Following the success of the past two consecutive editions in Quebec City, Boxing Canada is proud to announce that the 2018 Canadian Championships will be presented in Edmonton, Alberta. After a long-awaited return to Western Canada, the organization of this major competition has been entrusted to Boxing Alberta and will regroup for the third time the Junior, Youth and Elite categories under the same roof. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase the city of Edmonton by hosting the Canadian Championships here.” says Boxing Alberta President Lee Tanghe. “We plan to pull out all the stops to make this the best championships yet and are excited to once again have this event in Alberta.” Halfway through the Olympic quadrennial, the 2018 edition of the championships promises to be as exciting as ever, featuring the best boxers from coast to coast who will face each other during a week-long competition hoping to remain or become national champion in their respective divisions.
The competition will take place from March 28th until April 1st, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel – South Edmonton, located at 4440 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2. Also, the event space will be bigger than ever, cumulating over 10 500 square foot. “We are pleased to welcome athletes from across the country to Edmonton in the spring of 2018.” said Lindsay Harrison, Senior Manager, Edmonton Events. “Edmonton is proud to contribute to the development of amateur athletes and to the sport of boxing in our city.”
Each province and territory will have the opportunity to register up to two male and two female boxers per weight category and age group. Also, all 2017 Elite National Team boxers will be automatically registered in the competition to defend their title, with the exception of the boxers who will participate in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the time.
The 2017 edition of the championships regrouped more than 220 boxers from across the country over five days of competition on two rings. “Under a newly unified all category and ages showcase, the 2018 edition of the championships will offer Edmonton a full week of Canada’s best Olympic boxing hopefuls and Olympians in a plethora of high octane bouts. Boxing Canada is truly thankful that Boxing Alberta has committed to this great event.” affirms Roy Halpin, Boxing Canada’s Executive Director. “These are exciting times for the National Championships.”
For Canada's 150th anniversary, ParticipAction created the 150 Play List, the ultimate list of physical activities that define Canadians, and boxing is one of the featured activities. Throughout the year, the goal is to encourage Canadians to be active and try as many activities as possible.
For the occasion, boxing clubs from coasts to coasts opened their doors on September 9th in celebration for "ParticipAction's National Boxing Day" to encourage Canadians to discover boxing. This national celebration was a great success as the participating boxing clubs across the country offered a multitude of activities, accessible to everyone!
A big THANK YOU to all the boxing clubs who participated in this great initiative!
If you did not have a chance to try boxing this past week, don't worry, it's not too late! You can still find a boxing club near you to check off boxing from the 150 Play List!
Following a long recruitment process, Boxing Canada is proud to announce its new National Head Coach, João Carlos Soares Gomes de Barros. Recruited from Brazil, Boxing Canada is confident that Coach Barros is the right candidate to bring its High Performance Program to new heights and end the medal drought at major Games. The search initially started a year ago after recommendations brought forth by the Keegan report, an independent analysis of Boxing Canada’s High Performance program which stated it was necessary to bring in international expertise.
“Own the Podium (OTP) is delighted that Boxing Canada has hired a world-class National Coach with experience of producing Olympic Games medalists. João Carlos Barros will complement the leadership of High Performance Director, Daniel Trépanier.” says Mark Hahto, Own the Podium’s Director, Summer Sport. “The addition of Coach Barros will also allow for an expansion of Boxing Canada's National Training Center in Montreal at the INS Québec. OTP is confident that both Elite and Next Generation coaches will greatly benefit from the wide range of knowledge and experience that the new coach brings to Canada.”
Coach Barros brings tremendous experience to the Canadian High Performance Program along with remarkable results on the international scene. Indeed, Coach Barros possesses four World Championships medals along with four Olympic medals in as many participations, including a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 60 Kg weight division. With 33 years of coaching experience, he first began his career in Cuba where he studied and worked for eight years in their provincial boxing development programs in Villara Clara before being recruited by Brazil to establish their centralized national program. Coach Barros holds an AIBA 3-star, APB and WSB coaching certification as well as being an international instructor for these AIBA courses. In addition to all his boxing credentials, João Carlos Barros also speaks French, English, Spanish and Portuguese, which will facilitate the transition and his integration.
“There is a tremendous amount of potential in Canada.” states João Carlos Barros. “I strongly believe that my experience and methodology will benefit the Canadian program in order to step onto the podium at major Games. I look forward to developing world-class boxers and coaches.”
After participating in a week-long training camp at the new National Training Centre in June, Coach Barros has now arrived permanently in Canada and he is ready to hit the ground running with his first competition at the end of the month of September at the Celtic Cup in Ireland. The boxers who will partake in the competition will be announced shortly. In the upcoming months, Daniel Trépanier will work closely with João Carlos Barros to ensure a smooth transition. Coaches from across the country will also be invited to partake in training camps, competitions and seminars in order to learn from the new Canadian Head Coach.
“Boxing Canada is excited and proud to welcome Coach Barros to our team as the new National Coach. He brings with him a successful track record of developing champions.” affirms Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s President. “We would also like to thank Daniel Trépanier who has worked both as National Coach and High Performance Director for the past number of years. With Daniel Trépanier focusing on his High Performance duties and Coach Barros focusing on his National Coach duties, we are expecting great results in the ring for our men's and women's teams as we prepare for Tokyo 2020.”
After three intense rounds, Arthur Biyarslanov came out on the wrong side of a close split decision against Dominican Elvis Rodriguez during the second round of preliminaries at the 2017 AIBA World Championships. Rodriguez came into the competition ranked 16th in the world and obtained a bye during the first round of the tournament. The two boxers were supposed to meet in semi finals at the Continental Championships earlier this year in Honduras, but the dual didn't occur as Arthur had to drop out of the tournament due to a pierced ear drum.
"I made the fight tough on myself." declared Arthur Biyarslanov. "After the first round, I was trying to land a punch before even thinking instead of staying composed and pick my shots. It was a close fight, but I unfortunately didn't get the result I was looking for. It's tough being the only athlete representing your country with a very small team."
This loss comes after a convincing victory against Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas during the first round of the competition. Arthur arrived at the competition in great shape and condition after a training camp in Kyrgyzstan and exits the 2017 edition of the World Championships in the Top 16 in the world!
For all the results, schedule and draw sheet, visit our Event Web page
Arthur Biyarslanov won unanimously against Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas during the first preliminary round of the 2017 AIBA World Championships. His opponent, ranked 20th in the world, previously won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the 60Kg division, but he was no match for the Chechen Wolf who dominated throughout all three rounds.
"I felt good in the ring today" said Arthur Biyarslanov after his convincing victory. "I had good movement, kept my distance and fought the way I had to in order to get the win."
Now in the Top 16 of the competition, the 64Kg Canadian boxer will step back into the ring on Sunday afternoon (August 27th). He will be facing Elvis Rodriguez from Dominican Republic, who's currently ranked 16th in the world and obtained a bye during the first round of the competition.
The two boxers were supposed to meet in semifinals at the 2017 Continental Championships, but the Dominican went on to claim silver as Arthur had to drop out of the tournament due to a pierced ear drum.
Go Arthur Go !
Team Canada’s Elite boxers are ready to step into the ring against Team Mexico on September 7th as part of one of Winnipeg’s most entertaining annual charitable events, the MELEE Gala. Hosted by United Boxing Club, the fifth edition of the event will take place at the upscale Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. The Melee Gala is the closest thing to a premier Las Vegas boxing card you will find in Manitoba!
First held in 2013, the Melee Gala dinner has quickly established itself as one of the most anticipated dates on any sports fans’ calendars. The event will feature United Boxing Corporate Challenge, where white collar competitors are put through an intensive 12-week boxing training leading to their first bout, and will be followed by six international Olympic-style bouts between Canada and Mexico.
Moreover, United Boxing Club is proud to donate $1000 to each boxer selected as the best bout of the night. The funds are being issued in honour of John O’Shea, former President of Boxing Canada. John was a mentor and friend to Ryan Savage (UBC founder) and he strongly believed in fairness and integrity. The donation is intended to promote personal and professional development of the athletes and encourage life beyond sports.
“We are very excited to host the Melee V Gala event, in support of Variety, the Children's Charity. United Boxing Club is a not for profit organization, supported by volunteers, coaches and instructors. We operate on the pay it forward system, using Olympic-style boxing to engage with the community and provide much needed support to great charitable causes.” affirms Ryan Savage, UBC President and founder, and chair of the Melee organizing committee. “The Melee V Gala event will surely be a great night of entertainment.”
Here are the boxers from both teams who will partake in Melee V:
|Eric Basran||56 Kg||Oscar Oswaldo Salgado Fabela|
|Caroline Veyre||60 Kg||Esmeralda Falcon Reyes|
|Joshua Frazer||69 Kg||Edgar Zaet Reyes Gutierrez|
|Triston Brookes||75 Kg||Héctor Octavio Aguirre Martinez|
|Bryan Colwell||91 Kg||Carlos Antonio Rodriguez Moreno|
|Alexis Barrière||91+ Kg||Germán Trinidad Heredia Orrantia|
“This event is a great opportunity for our National Team boxers to test their skills in Olympic-calibre bouts against another country.” mentions Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “The MELEE event has grown tremendously over the years with now two competitions for our athletes and more international bouts on the cards.”
You can visit the MELEE Gala official website for more information and results will be posted on Boxing Canada’s website and social media. Additionally, the two countries will also have a chance to rematch on Saturday, September 9th at the Radisson Hotel as part of the United Boxing Classic. For more information, visit the United Boxing Classic Event webpage.
Following a strenuous qualification path, Arthur Biyarslanov will be the sole Canadian competing in the AIBA 2017 Men’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Indeed, the qualification process for this competition states that all boxers must qualify through their respective Continental Championships for a chance to be crowned World Champion in their weight category.
Earlier this year, the AMBC Continentals in Honduras regrouped all weight categories for both men and women, but only the Top 6 male boxers per category were granted a pass for the Men’s World Championships. While all eight Canadian women stepped on the podium, Biyarslanov was the only men to win a medal and qualify for Hamburg 2017. Unfortunately, the southpaw boxer was forced to withdraw from the tournament after his victory against Joedison de Jesus Teixeira (BRA) in quarterfinals due to a pierced ear drum and had to settle for a bronze medal.
“I feel great! I have been training very hard and I’ve been in great hands this past year.” affirms Arthur Biyarslanov, commonly nicknamed the Chechen wolf. “I have gained a lot of experience since my last World Championships and God willing, I will win the Men’s Elite World Championships for the first time in Canadian boxing history.”
The 2017 World Championships will kick off on August 25th and promise to be bigger than ever, bringing together the best 279 boxers from 85 countries (up from 69 in Doha 2015) during nine days of intense competition. Moreover, 18 medalists from the Rio 2016 Olympics will be present, including silver medalist Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (AZE) to which Biyarslanov lost during his first bout at the 2015 edition of the World Championships.
“We are confident that Arthur will perform well in Hamburg.” mentions Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “He is currently our most experienced boxer on the National Team and his Olympic experience at Rio 2016 make him one of the favorites for the World Championships.”
The official draw is scheduled on August 24th and the competition will begin the following day. All information relating to the competition, such as draw sheets, schedule and results, will be updated throughout the championships on our Event Webpage and social media.
ParticipAction' 150 Play List is the ultimate list of all the physical activities that define us Canadian and it was created as part of the celebration for Canada's 150th birthday. As you probably already know, boxing is part of the #150PlayList and on September 9th 2017, it will ParticipAction's National Boxing Day, which is exactly one month away! For the occasion, tons of activities will be organized throughout our boxing clubs across Canada to celebrate boxing. The goal is to encourage Canadians to get active, try as many activities on the list and of course, discover Boxing!
So if you've always wanted to try boxing, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the sport and bring a friend along with you!
Mark your calendar:
On September 9th 2017, be active and #GetInTheRing !!
YOU WANT TO TAKE PART IN A BOXING ACTIVITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Consult THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BOXING CLUBS to find an activity near you
Visit PARTICIPACTION'S 150 PLAY LIST WEBITE and create a profile.
Participate in a boxing activity and share your experience with us using #GetInTheRing and #150PlayList or by tagging us in your pictures
Don't forget to check off boxing (Activity 73/150) on the Play List once you've tried it for a chance to win amazing prizes! It's rewarding to be active!
YOU WANT TO ORGANIZE AN ACTIVITY AT YOUR BOXING CLUB?
Consult OUR EVENT PLANNING GUIDE to guide you through the organization of your event
REGISTER YOUR EVENT on ParticipAction's website so it can be visible to the public and SEND US AN EMAIL once your are registered so we can add you in the list of participating boxing clubs
DOWNLOAD THE COMMUNITY TOOLKIT to have access to useful check-list and tools to promote your event
Share your event on social media and invite your members to talk about it
In August 2015, Boxing Canada began a project that led to significant bylaw changes and would result in the board adopting a policy board approach to governing. The changes were motivated by “The Keegan Report”, an assessment of the organization’s High Performance system which also identified significant problems with the governance structure of Boxing Canada including, among other factors, (a) lack of role clarity in the authority and responsibility of the Board and Executive staff, (b) lack of oversight of the organizational performance, need for accountability of the board for measures organization performance, and (c) insulated board composition, lack of turnover and board size.
The governance reform finally came full circle this past weekend as the new Board of Director was elected during Boxing Canada’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. Here is the composition of the new Board:
Pat Fiacco, President & Director West
Curtis O’Nyon, Director Ontario
Éric Lamoureux, Director Quebec
Mike Summers, Director East
Yvon Michel, Director at large
Roland Labbe, Director at large
Isabelle Perreault, Director at large
Ryan Savage, Vice-President & Director at large *
Willie McNeil, Director at large *
With this restructuring and adoption of a policy board, it means the Board of Directors will be concerned with issues and decisions related to the long-term direction, sustainability and relevance of Boxing Canada. “I would like to congratulate all the newly elected members to the Board. Boxing Canada is in great hands! With an improved skill set and experience, our governance will be well-served to deal with our vision and strategic long-term development.” said Roy Halpin, Boxing Canada’s Executive Director.
Here’s an overview of our seven newly elected members:
PAT FIACCO, President & Director West
As a member of AIBA’s Executive Committee, Pat Fiacco brings international boxing governance experience as well as extensive knowledge of the sport of boxing nationally and internationally. He attended the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as a Canadian referee and judge as well as the London 2012 Olympics as a Deputy supervisor for boxing. He has also served as Boxing Canada’s Chief official and has held the position of President of Boxing Canada since 2012. Given the change of direction that Boxing Canada is undergoing, his business experience as a change agent will be valuable. Pat Fiacco is also a former Mayor of Regina and through his 12 years in a government function, he led significant endeavors, including the construction of many new infrastructures and the organization of many large-scale events. He has also been involved in many caucus and commissions and has developed business acumen through his own businesses.
CURTIS O’NYON, Director Ontario
Curtis O’Nyon is a Senior Associate in a successful government relations firm where he provides strategic advice to corporate, NGO and government clients as they advocate to the federal government. Further, he has managed a large Board of Directors (FCM) and played a critical role in managing its restructuration. His twenty years in and around government functions has given him an extensive network of contacts at the municipal, provincial and federal government. This body of work has given him a strong skill set in strategic thinking and planning, stakeholder relations, logistics, communications and media management. He also has knowledge of the structure of many Canadian Sport Associations as well as the role National Sport Organizations play at the international level.
ÉRIC LAMOUREUX, Director Quebec
Éric Lamoureux is the co-founder and Executive Director of CAP Conseillers Affaire Publiques. In this role, he is a consultant lobbyist and strategist for business executives regarding government relations, strategic positioning and communications. Throughout his career, Éric has worked in politics on all levels, notably for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Trade. He was also the Director of Communications for the Canadian Soccer Association as well as the French spokesperson for the FIFA U20 2007 tournament in Canada. His implication with various Boards as well as his experience in communications, fundraising and stakeholders’ relationships in the sporting world acquired during his professional career will be a valuable contribution to Boxing Canada.
MIKE SUMMERS, Director East
Mike Summers is a 3-star AIBA official and has extensive knowledge of the Canadian and International competition rules and sport system. Moreover, he has been the President of Boxing Newfoundland for several years and has also been a member of Boxing Canada’s Board of Directors. He has also assisted Boxing Canada in the development of their Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Program, previous strategic corporate plans, and has sat on some of their committees, such as its discipline committee and steering committee to develop the new policy board. Mike is also President of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Police Association and is experienced in developing government relations. He brings experience in human resources, dispute resolution and policy/contract negotiations.
YVON MICHEL, Director at large
During 18 years of his career, Yvon Michel has worked in all spheres of amateur boxing in Canada, from being a referee & judge, director and coach at all levels, including the Olympic Games. Now well-established in professional boxing, he has an elaborate network of contacts, privileged relationships with television network executives and potential sponsors from which Boxing Canada could benefit. His global experience, his specific expertise and his corporate contacts will be important additions to the Board. Furthermore, his comprehensive and relevant curriculum can certainly bring credibility, notoriety and profitability once at the service of Boxing Canada.
ROLAND LABBE, Director at large
Roland Labbe’s extensive experience in boxing, especially at the international level as a 3-Star AIBA referee and judge, has motivated his desire to help athletes become more competitive at the international level. Roland is the owner and head coach of Avenue Boxing Club, which operates in the inner city of Edmonton and caters to underprivileged youths. From 2005 to 2015, Roland was on the Referee and Judges Commission of Boxing Canada and since 2001, Roland has been an International Boxing Referee and Judge, officiating in numerous international competitions including the 2012 London Olympics. Roland’s success as an international referee and judge has lead AIBA to request his assistance in mentorship, training, evaluating and upgrading referees and judges to the international level. Roland’s former roles as President and Head Official of Boxing Alberta provides him with not only a solid understanding of Board roles and responsibilities, but also how leadership and flourishing grassroots programs can lead to success at the international level.
ISABELLE PERREAULT, Director at large
Isabelle Perreault is a management consultant specializing in digital technology, disruption and organizational change. Having worked as Director of Marketing and head of Digital for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club for eight years and with Major League Soccer, she has significant professional sport expertise and understands the challenges of promoting and marketing a sport in Canada. Through her active involvement in various associations’ Boards, she has a very active corporate network and is considered a thought leader in her field where she is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has facilitated fundraising activities for causes she is passionate about. Being a 3-time Ontario boxing champion, she would like to see the awareness and interest in women’s boxing increase across the country and the development of stronger grassroots programs aimed at both recreational fitness and high performance athletes.