National olympic team

Samir El-Mais
Club CSI Calgary, INS and East Boxing Club
Coach Daniel Trépanier
Date of birth October 9th, 1980
Birthplace Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hometown Windsor, Ontario
Height 191 cm
Weight division 91 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 PAN-AM GAMES | BRONZE
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES | OR

 Samir El Mais had initially decided to quit boxing at the age of 15 in order to focus on his studies, only three years after he started the sport. However, his dream to become a champion and to represent his country brought him back to his sport of choice at the age of 25. Four years later, Samir decided to focus on bovin full-time. In his first year back he narrowly missed the podium at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2012 he came one victory shy to qualify for the London Olympic Games. However one of his career highlights happened at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he grabbed the gold medal. 

 

Despite his difficult start, Samir loves all aspects of boxing, from the training, sparring, bouts as well as the technical and tactical sides of the sports that can always be improved. ”It is true that dreams do come true and I enjoy the experience as much as possible.” said the boxer. His father was his biggest source of inspiration and he always believed in his chances to become World Champion. He was very present and always helped him to improve by mentioning the points he should work on. Samir felt invisible from his father’s confidence in him and he would never lose a fight when he came to see him box. ”I wish my father would still be present to see the progress I made. I am sure he would be very proud of me.” said Samir. 

 

In the long run, Samir wishes to be a firefighter and boxing coach. He would like to open his own boxing club and coach the national team in order to increase the chance of winning medals for Canada. 

FUN FACT

Nickname ”Sweet Sammy”
Favourite movies Narcos and Ballers
Favourite music Techno-House
Pre-bout meal Pasta
Hobbies Tennis
Place to visit in his life Lebanon

 

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Sasan Haghighat-Joo
 Club TNT Boxing Academy
Coach Stephen Bailey
Date of birth August 31st, 1995
Birthplace Vancouver, British Columbia
Hometown Guelph, Ontario
Height 182 cm
Weight division 69 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 PAN AM GAMES
2015 CANADIAN CHAMPION

Sasan Haghighat-Joo started praticiens various styles of martial arts from a very young age, such as wrestling and Kung Fu from the age of 4 to 11 and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) at 11. It only made sense for him to start boxing at the age of 13 to perfect his techniques. He fell in love with the sport right away and quickly excelled in this discipline. 

 

His father knew Sasan destined for success in any sport he chose to pursue. Having been an elite wrestler himself in Ira, Sasan’s father unfortunately missed out on participating in the Olympic Games as they were boycotted during the years where he could have qualified. It is one of the reason why Sasan is determined to reach his Olympic dream so he can share the experience with his father who was there for him throughout his entire development as an athlete. In the next few years, he wishes to continue his career in amateur boxing to qualify for the Olympics before he can devote his career with the professionals. 

 

Sasan loves the glory of achieving a goal after putting in hard work.

FUN FACTS

Nickname ”The Shah” which means King in Persian
Favourite movies All movies featuring Bruce Lee
Favourite music 60’s Rock and Rap from ”Beast Coast”
Pre-bout meal Light meal (chicken and rice)
Hobbies Enjoy the outdoors
Place to visit in his life Have a boxing fight in his parents’ native country (Iran)
Life and career objectives Become an Olympic medalist and become World Champion as a professional boxer

 

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David Gauthier
Club Boxe Montréal
Coach Jean-François Bergeron
Date of birth Janvier 16th, 1983
Birthplace Montreal, Quebec
Hometown St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
Height 170 cm
Weight division 60 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION EVENT | BRONZE
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
2009 JEUX DE LA FRANCOPHONIE

David Gauthier started boxing when he was 19 years old after doing kick-boxing for 4 years. It was his hand’s speed and agility that trigged the change of sport. Over the years boxing allowed him to gain confiance and face adversity on all levels. Indeed, David sees a parallel between life and boxing. According to him, they are both challenges that force him out of his comfort zone. The tougher it gets, the bigger the satisfaction. His perseverance and his determination to succeed are his biggest qualities. 

 

After his Olympic career, David wishes to transition into professional boxing and continue to be a source of inspiration for his children, just like his mother was for him as an athlete.

FUN FACTS

Nickname ”Speed of God”
Favourite TV shows and movies Creed, Le Gaucher
Favourite music Rob Bailey, Red Hot Chili Pepper
Pre-bout meal Proteins and carbohydrates (Salmon and quinoa / Chicken and sweet potatoes, with fruits)
Hobbies Hockey, soccer, running
Place to visit in his live Greece, French Polynesia and New Zealand
Life and career objectives Live his passions

 

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Clovis Drolet
Club Club de Boxe Champion
Coach Vincent Auclair
Date of birth October 8th, 1991
Birthplace Beauport, Quebec
Hometown Montreal, Quebec
Height 179 cm
Weight division 75 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 OLYMPIC TRIALS WINNER
2015 PAN AM GAMES
2014 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP | GOLD

Clovis Drolet started boxing at the age of 10. It is after watching the movies Rocky and boxing in the house that he developed a passion for the sport. Before he started traingin in a boxing club, his brother used to organize boxing matches between friends for fun. 

 

Clovis loves boxing because it is a complet sport which aims to develop muscular and cardiovascular skills. Moreover it a very technical sport that requires concentration and focus. In the next few years, Clovis wishes to remain an active athlete. 

FUN FACTS

Favourite movie Troy
Favourite music Rock
Pre-bout meal Pasta and chicken
Hobbies Chop wood

 

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Thomas Blumenfeld
Club East Boxing Club and Peter Welch Gym
Coaches Daniel Trépanier and Hector Bermudez
Date of birth December 26th, 1997 (”Boxing Day”)
Birthplace Mansonville, Quebec
Hometown Magog, Quebec
Height 173 cm
Weight division 52 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 OLYMPIC TRIALS WINNER
2014 GOLDEN GLOVES OF VOJVODINA |BRONZE
2014 GOLDEN GLOVES OF VOJVODINA | SILVER
3-TIME USA JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION | GOLD

Thomas began boxing at the very young age of 8. His interest for the sport was sparked when he discovered an old pair of his father’s boxing glove. He won his first bout by TKO in the 2nd round when he was 8 years old.  With a very promising start, Thomas was determined to surpass himself.
According to Thomas, boxing is much more than an individual sport; it takes the joint effort of a team to become successful. The young boxer believes he is very well surrounded in that sense and his father is a great source of inspiration in the boxing ring as well as outside the boxing world.  
With already more than 100 bouts to his active in the last nine years, Thomas wishes to climb on the highest step of the podium at the Olympic Games and eventually become a professional boxer. 

FUN FACTS

Nickname  ”White Lightning”
Favourite TV shows & movies Comedies
Favourite music Rap
Pre-bout meals Pasta
Hobbies watch basketball
Place to visit in his life Rio
Life and career objectives (1) Become an Olympic champion (2) Become a professional boxer (3) Become a World Champion

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Caroline Veyre
Club East Boxing Club
Coach Leonard Kwitkowski
Date of birth October 4th, 1988
Birthplace Paris, France
Hometown Montreal, Quebec
Height 167 cm
Weight division 60 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2014 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS |BRONZE
2013 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE

Originally from Paris, Caroline Veyre immigrated to Canada in 2003 after visiting the country a few years earlier as her mother came to Montreal for cancer treatment. She first started boxing when she was 18 years old. Throughout her teenage years, boxing allowed her to grow as a person and gain confidence as she had difficulties to express herself at the time. According to her, sports enables you to develop great qualities that you can apply to all aspects of your life, such as discipline, sense of organization, determination, confidence, perseverance and optimism in order to tackle life and forge ahead! 

 

During her very first Canadian championships in 2009, Caroline earned the bronze medal and grabbed the silver medal at 2012 edition of the same championships. In 2013-2014, she won the National title for two consecutive years. During the same year, she also participated in her first Continental Championships where she claimed the bronze medal and also repeated her performance the following year. One of her career highlight occurred when she grabbed the gold medal during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Caroline also obtained her bachelor degree in translation. She plans to continue boxing for a few more years. Her dream is to participate in the Olympic Games and earn a medal. In the next few years, she would like to open her own boxing gym and become a coach.

FUN FACTS

Favourite motto ”It is difficult to beat someone that never quits.”
Favourite TV show Friends
Family She has a twin sister
Favourite music Latin music
Pre-bout meal Chicken pasta
Hobbies Playing pool and poker
Place to visit in her life Brazil
Life and career objectives Be an Olympian champion

 

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Petru Bulun
Club Golden Star Boxing
Coach Vlad Goldenstein
Date of birth May 17th, 1994
Birthplace, Cimislia, Republic of Moldova
Hometown Calgary, Alberta
Height 188 cm
Weight division 81 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 OLYMPIC TRIALS WINNER
2014RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (KANSAS CITY)

Petru Bolun started boxing later than most national team boxers. After doing judo for eight years, his friends encouraged him to try boxing and it was love at first sight for the sport. His martial arts experience came in very handy to pick up the sport and he had his first bout after only three months of training! Petru loves everything about the sport. According to him, you can see the results of your work and vice versa, you get what you work for. 

 

Beside his career as an athlete, Petru started his studies in Process Piping Drafting, but has decided to focus on boxing for the moment. He wishes to go as far as possible in Amateur boxing before making the transition towards the professional world where he wishes to become World Champion. 

FUN FACTS

Nickname ”Silex” (like the rock)
Favourite movie Rocky
Favourite music Country
Pre-bout meal Peanut butter
Hobbies Biking and hiking
Place to visit in his life Thailand
Life and career objectives Become World Champion

 

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Ariane Fortin
Club Club de Boxe Underdog
Coaches Mike Moffa and Danielle Bouchard
Date of birth November 20th, 1984
Hometown St-Nicholas (Lévis), Québec
Residence Montreal, Québec
Height 170cm
Weight 75 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2015 PAN AM GAMES | BRONZE
2014 AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | BRONZE
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES | SILVER
2-TIME AIBA WORLD CHAMPION  AIBA (2005, 2006) | GOLD

Ariane Fortin started boxing when she was 16 years old after watching the movie  Girlfight. She already had two friends who practiced boxing at the time and she decided to go train with them in the gym. It was love at first sight for the sport.

 

Ariane acheviez a career highlight at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won the silver medal after only one loss against 2012 world champion, Savannah Marshall. A two-time world champion herself, Ariane missed out at the 2012 Olympic Games when she was beaten by Mary Spencer for the lone Canadian 75kg berth. The showdown between the friends-turned-rivals was documented in the film Last Woman Standing. Determined more than ever to qualify for the next Olympic cycle, she returned to the gym and fought her way back to the national team, defeating Mary Spencer at the 2013 Canadian championship and at that year’s final national team selection tournament. In 2014, she was back on the World Championships’ ring where she grabbed the bronze medal, her only loss coming in the semifinal to reigning Olympic champion Clarissa Shields, who she says is the only boxer in the world with a speed advantage over her. At the 2015 Pan Am Games, Ariane added another bronze medal to her collection. She punched her ticket to Rio with a runner-up finish against Clarissa Shields at the American Olympic Qualification in March 2016. She was Boxing Canada’s female boxer of the year in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

 

Ariane loves the strategic aspects behind boxing where she has to anticipate her opponents moves while she plans her next move.

 

During her career as an athlete, she also completed her studies and obtained an integrated bachelor degree in French and professional redaction. Boxing is still part of her future projects. The sport brought her so much personally that she wishes to stay involved and give back. She says she is still as passionated about her sport. 

FUN FACTS

Nickname  ”And Still” (because of her 2 world champion titles)
Favorite motto ”Rise above”
Favourite TV show  Friends
Hobbies ”If only I had time…”
Place to visit in her life Brazil
Life and career objectives Win a medal in Rio !

 

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Aaron Huggins
Born 08/04/1989
Height
Weight Division 91kg+
Birthplace
Hometown Toronto

Mandy Bujold
Club Atlas Boxing Club
Coach Adrian Teodorescu
Date of birth July 25th 1987
Birthplace Cobourg, Ontario
Hometown Kitchener, Ontario
Height 160cm
Weight division 51kg

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2011 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES | BRONZE

Mandy Bujold’s interest towards boxing started when she lived in Moncton. Her parents bought a punching bag and two sets of boxing gloves in the hopes that her brothers would hit the bag instead of each other, but Mandy decided to give it a try out of curiosity and rapidly began to enjoy boxing. When her family later moved to Kitchener, Ontario, she followed her brothers’ footsteps and joined the local boxing club as a way to get in shape. Boxing quickly became her passion !

 

Her Olympic dream began after she won her junior national title in 2006. That result gave her the drive to be the best and make the national team. One year later, she was the Elite national champion and also won the American Continental Championships, her first of three victories at the event. Mandy made her debut at the AIBA’s Women World Championships in 2008 and has competed at each edition of the global competition since, recording her best result in 2014 when she finished in the top eight after a quarterfinal loss to eventual silver medalist Lisa Whiteside of England.

 

Mandy’s career highlight is winning Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, the first time women’s boxing was included in the multi-sport competition. She also earned another multi-sport medal in 2014 when she won Bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gasgow. Now a nine-time national champion, Mandy successfully defended her Pan American title in Toronto in 2015, defeating American world #1 Marlen Esparza in final. Mandy went to earn her Olympic berth with a gold medal at the American Continental Qualifier that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2016.

 

Beyond her career as an athlete, Mandy has been pursuing her undergrad degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Waterloo and on a long term basis, she would like to work in event planning or in public relations.

FUN FACTS

Nickname  Bujold
Favorite motto ”If you can see it you can create it, if you can feel it you can perform it, if you can image it you can achieve it.”
Favorite TV show & movie Mindy Project and Girlfight
Favorite music Country music
Meal before a competition Oatmeal and rice crackers with peanut butter
Hobbies Running and hiking
Place to visit in her life French Polynesia
Life and career objectives Live a passionate and well-balanced life

 

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Todd Napper
Club Nappers Boxing Club
Coach Ray Napper
Date of birth September 12, 1989
Birthplace Welland, Ontario
Hometown Fonthill, Ontario
Height 168 cm
Weight division 49 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 GOLDEN GLOVES | GOLD
2015 OLYMPIC TRIALS WINNER
2013 RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | GOLD

 Coming from a long lineage of boxers, Todd Napper was destined to start boxing from a young age. In 1977, his grandfather opened Nappers Boxing Club and then became the National team coach during the Olympic Games of 1988 and 1992. The family boxing club was then managed by Todd’s father and is now runned by his brother, a former Canadian champion.

 

Although he had been in the ring many times before, Todd was nervous during his first bout in 2010. To his day, he still remains a little nervous before competition, always wanting to represent his family and himself as best as he can. However it is all worthwhile as he experiences tremendous joy when he wins in such a physically demanding individual sport. Todd hopes to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. Eventually he retires from the sport as an athlete, he wishes to move on to a coaching role at the family gym.

 

Beside his career as an athlete, Todd also studied in Construction Engineering at Niagara College and he currently works as a Certified Engineering Technologist for Lafarge Holcim. He obtained his degree while putting in 15-20 hours of training per week for boxing. 

FUN FACTS

Favourite movie Happy Gilmore
Favourite music Top 40, but enjoys all types of music
Hobbies Basketball, Ball hockey
Place to visit in his life Hawaii
Life and career objectives Continue to move up the ladder at Lafarge Holcim

 

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Kenny Lally
Born 23/06/1989
Height 170cm
Weight division 56kg
Birthplace Prince George, BC
Hometown Prince George, BC

 NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
PAN-AM 2015 | BRONZE
PAN- AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 | SILVER
Arthur Biyarslanov
Date of birth April 22 1995
Birthplace Makhachkala, Russia
Hometown Toronto, Ontario
Height 174cm
Weight division 64 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2015 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | BRONZE

Born near the Chechen region of Russia, Arthur was four when his family left the war-torn area for Azerbaijan before arriving in Canada six years later in 2005, hoping for a better life and education. He began boxing at the young age of 13 years old. His older brother, who was already boxing, encouraged him to try it out as Arthur was always involved in fights. At first, he hated boxing. He wasn’t great and would continuously lose during sparring against more experienced boxers. His tough start demotivated him a lot, but he perseverd until his hard work paid off. After his victory at his first Canadian championships, he realized that he had the potential to go very far, which is why he stopped playing soccer to dedicate his time to boxing.

 

At age 17, the southpaw boxer represented Canada at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Championships where came just shy of advancing to the quarterfinals. Now a three-time Canadian champion, Arthur competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he lost a split decision in the second round to defending champion Manoj Kumar from India. In 2013 he began training with Adrian Teodorescu who coached, among other greats, Lennox Lewis (Gold medalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games) and Mandy Bujold. Biyarslanov earned a major gold medal of his own at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, winning the welterweight title over Cuba’s Yasnier Toledo. He punched his ticket to Rio by winning the American Olympic Qualifiers in March 2016. 

 

Beside his career as an athlete, Arthur also studied psychology at York University in 2014-2015. However he has now put his studies on hold in order to concentrate on his objectives, such as his participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 5-10 years, he hopes to become world champion and make a living from his sport. 

 

His life story is documented in the book Next Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold, which was published in July 2016 and is available online on Chapters and Amazon.

FUN FACTS

Nickname  ”The Chechen Wolf” and  ”Borz” (wolf)
Favorite motto  ”I hated every minute of training but said « Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. » ” – Muhammad Ali
Favorite movies Troy and Gladiateur
Life and career goals Become world champion and make a living from his sport

 

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