JUNIOR | YOUTH | ELITE
MEN & WOMEN
For the second time in the history of the Canadian Championship, 2017 will once again regroup the Junior, Youth and Elite categories under the same roof. The draw, schedule, results and much more will be posted on this page throughout the competition.
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(Thursday, February 23, 2017, Regina, SK) – Team Canada’s elite men’s boxing team will step into the boxing ring against Team Cuba for the first time in the history of the Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Classic (KGMBC) on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Credit Union EventPlex in Regina, hosted by Regina Boxing Club. Team Cuba ranks first in four men’s weight divisions internationally and won six medals in men’s boxing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. There will be eight bouts at the KGMBC with a rematch at the Brandt Cup on Sunday, May 28, 2017. The members of each team will be officially announced in Regina, SK after the 2017 Canadian Championship tournament in Quebec City, QC.
“Each year the Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Classic tries to attract the best athletes in the world to compete at the boxing card,” said George Goff, President, Regina Boxing Club. “The competition will be fierce and boxing fans will experience watching the most entertaining and elite boxing in the world.”
The KGMBC is an international competition and premier Las Vegas style fight night and is the only boxing competition in Canada where Team Canada’s elite team comes together to compete. Individual tickets will go on sale Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and can be purchased from reginaboxingclub.ca, ticketmaster.ca, and the Regina Boxing Club for $25. Tables with eight seats including dinner service are currently on sale and can be purchased by contacting 306.536.5707 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our athletes are very excited to box at the prestigious Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Classic that everyone around the world has heard about, and looking forward to competing against Canada,” said Alberto Puig, President, Cuba Boxing Federation.
The KGMBC event was established in 1994 and is a major fundraiser for Regina Boxing Club, founded by Ken Goff in 1949. Ken’s founding vision, to help create our community create better citizens, still exists today, coaching youth as young as seven years old. With support from sponsors, community partners, and volunteers, the Regina Boxing Club continues to provide coaching and mentorship to children, youth, and families.
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National Team Coach
Organization: Boxing Canada
Title: National Team Coach
Job Category & Nature of Position: Full time Employee
Immediate Supervisor: High Performance Director
Ultimate Supervisor: Executive Director
Under the direction of the High Performance Director (HPD), the National Team Coach (NTC) shall be responsible for direct coaching support and National Team program implementation for athletes at the National Training Centre and identified National Team athletes. The NTC shall work closely with the HPD to implement and run Boxing Canada’s High Performance programs.
The NTC shall assist the HPD in the operation of the Elite and development programs, including planning, coaching, monitoring and evaluation.
The NTC and will work closely with the HPD and assigned Assistant National Team Coaches (ANTC) to ensure effective High Performance standards.
The NTC shall comply with any and all Boxing Canada codes of conduct that relate to his/her activities.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES:
- Tertiary qualifications in a related area.
- AIBA 3 Star accreditation.
- Boxing Canada Performance Coach certification or its equivalent as recognized by Boxing Canada and the Coaching Association of
- Demonstrated record of successful coaching of elite boxers at an international level.
- Demonstrated capacity and record of conducting national or international coaching seminars for coaches of elite boxers.
- Demonstrated capacity for managing a national boxing development program.
- Experience within a similar government structure (Preferred)
STRUCTURE and SCOPE:
Reports and is accountable to: High Performance Director (HPD)
Additional responsibilities: Member of the High Performance Committee (HPC) of Boxing Canada in the capacity of staff member.
Supervises: Assistant National Team Coach
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Daily Training Environment:
- Create a World Class daily training environment in collaboration with the HPD.
- In conjunction with the HPD the NTC will ensure development, implementation and evaluation of annual and long-term training and competition plans for the athletes in the training center, identified National Team athletes and personal coaches.
- Run and operate seasonal training and competition plans for athletes in the centre.
- Ensure appropriate files on athlete training, competition results and monitoring of progress are kept as required.
- Work with the HPD in providing a continuous and progressive athlete centered high performance environment.
- Work with the HPD and other assigned coaches to provide effective leadership and guidance to the programs, athletes, and support team located at the centre and outside of the centre.
- Be Head Coach at major international competitions including the Olympic Games, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games for both the Elite Men and Elite Women’s Teams.
- Oversee and conduct National Team training camps for the National Team and make recommendations for integrated, combined camps that may include development and talent athletes where appropriate.
High Performance Program:
- Be the Head Coach of all National Teams that attend international competitions and training camps including AIBA Star events, Tri-Nations, Dual Matches and other tournaments.
- Provide leadership and support to the National Development Coaches and ensure there is a consistent approach to the technical standard developed and delivered to the High Performance Program.
- Contribute to setting the strategic and operational direction for Boxing Canada’s integrated strategy for High Performance Programs.
- Participate in key forums as agreed to with the HPD e.g. Selection Committees,
- Drive own Performance Development Plan, actively identifying new areas for learning and committing to a culture of continuous improvement.
- Contribute to and or prepare reports for the HPD and other relevant stakeholders e.g. OTP | COC, CAC, Sport Canada as required.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
- Demonstrates great judgement and creative approaches to challenge traditional technical and training assumptions and in providing solutions.
- Uses appropriate techniques and communication strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and plans.
- Ability to accurately analyse and translate performance data into meaningful programme opportunities and to generate new ideas.
- Demonstrates political acumen and appropriately anticipates the political consequences of actions.
- Sets high goals and establishes stretch goals for personal, team and program accomplishment.
- Conveys an image that is consistent with the organisation’s values.
- Demonstrates decisiveness and action in the management of issues as they arise.
- Passion for excellence including a strong desire to excel, implement change and identify opportunities for improvement
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement, observe confidentiality and use discretion and initiative
- Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team.
- To set high standards of performance for self and others including assuming responsibility and accountability
- Ability to meet competing demands through effective prioritization in a results oriented environment.
- Ability to commit to a challenging, demanding, spontaneous working environment, to work long and irregular hours and to undertake international travel as required.
- Liaise and working closely with Boxing Canada’s various Committees in support of their specific programs and activities for which there is an interface with high performance programs.
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2017
Commencement of employment: April 1st, 2017
The NTC 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 Roy Halpin at email@example.com
We thank all candidates for their interest; However, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
Following a Special Meeting of Members that took place on February 3rd, Boxing Canada approved unanimously a rule change regarding headgear.
Effective immediately, the new rule reads as follow:
For elite male open boxer, headgear will be mandatory for all sanctioned competitions in Canada with the exception of National Championships. During provincial championships, headgear will be mandatory until the final, where boxers will have the option. If boxers disagree during the final, headgear will prevail.
“We want to ease our Elite National boxers and prospects into competition without headgear.” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s president. “This new rule allows us to protect our boxers from cuts leading up to the Canadian Championships while preparing them to box without headgear at the National and International levels. AIBA has given this option to national federations and many are adjusting their rules accordingly.”
More information regarding the rule change will be release on Tuesday February 7th, 2017.
Although the project isn’t new, Boxing Canada is finally moving forward with the centralization of its programs following many best-practice recommendations regarding its high performance structure. The decision to move forward was officialized this past weekend during Boxing Canada’s semi-annual meeting along with a number of important decision for the organization’s plan toward Tokyo 2020. It is not by coincidence that an in-depth analysis of the 2016 Olympic Games’ results has shown that 15 of the 18 countries who won medals have been operating under centralized programs for years. This trend is also observable among other successful sports in Canada. After exploring the project from all angles, Boxing Canada determined that centralization was necessary in order to offer competitive programs and world-calibre training and support services to its high performance athletes.
With this new direction, Boxing Canada has decided to establish its new National Training Centre at the Institut National du Sport du Québec in Montreal. Though financial and legal formalities are ongoing, the partnership is proceeding well. After moving its head office to Montreal in 2015, the Olympic stadium was the logical choice to centralize and establish its National Centre. The proximity of the High Performance director, access to bilingual services and education as well as space available within INS Quebec are all factors that contributed to the decision to centralize at this location. The Olympic park is the perfect setting to take root and grow the sport of boxing while having year-round access to cutting-edge facility and equipment.
There are many advantages to centralization and the benefits will have a concrete impact on the quality of programs and services rendered to our athletes. Also, an amalgam of medical, scientific and sport-related services will be available on-site, such as strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology, performance analysis, massage therapy, physiotherapy, physician and much more! Since all these services will be combined under the same roof, it will enable an optimal developmental structure and ongoing monitoring of our boxers on a daily basis. Moreover, a support team dedicated to boxing will supervise athletes on all levels which will enable an individualized approach that caters to their respective needs. The accessibility and proximity of the services will increase the efficiency of the program. Boxing Canada is also looking into recruiting International expertise to work with the National team in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Within INS Quebec, a designated space for boxing-specific activities will be built according to our requirements and will provide conditions on par with best practices in the world. On a long-term basis, the centralized program aims to identify up-and-coming hopefuls and supervise them from a young age in a high performance environment focused on development.
The centralization process will begin in April 2017 where all services will be provided within the INS Quebec facilities. However, due to construction work underway at the Olympic stadium, boxing-specific training and activities will be temporarily located in a local boxing gym until the completion of the renovation project. The final stage of centralization within its new National Training Centre at INS Quebec is expected by early 2018 or sooner should the renovations be completed in advance.
Boxing Canada is confident that its centralization will provide a highly professional international competitive program and will ultimately elevate Canadian boxing on the world stage.
Here are a few pictures of the services rendered within INS Quebec:
For more information, you can visit INS Quebec’s WEBSITE
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After 9 days of intense competition, the 2016 Youth World Championships came to a close on Saturday November 26th crowning eight nations in the 10 weight divisions. Regrouping 402 boxers from 70 countries, this major championship opposed the best youth boxers in the world and three Canadians took part in the competition. Although medals eluded them, our Canadian boxers have gained valuable experience as it was their first participation in a World Championship and only their 2nd international competition after the Youth Continental Championships in September 2016.
81 Kg Lexson Mathieu was the first Canadian to step into the ring on the second day of the competition. However, the gold medalist from the Youth Continental lost 1:4 by Finland’s representative. Despite his defeat, Lexson has gained a lot of insight from his experience. “This experience will change how I prepare for my bouts. When I stepped into the ring, I only had one game plan for this bout. The first round went very well, but afterward the referee gave me a lot of warning to keep my head up and I lost 2 points due to this. ” said the 81 Kg Canadian boxer. ” From now on, I will prepare more game plans prior to major tournaments.
75 Kg Jake Daoust obtained a bye in the first round of the preliminaries and entered the competition on Sunday November 20th against France. After a very close battle, it was a the French boxer who saw his hand raise with a 3:2 split decision. “The Youth World Championship has been a serious eye opener for me. I know what I have to work on in order to win gold and I’m going to train 10 times harder from now on. I have enjoyed watching all the bouts as these are the best youth boxers in the world.” said Jake, who despite his loss, remains optimistic about his boxing future. ” I am thankful as ever for my experience and excited to step it up.”
56 Kg Luis Santana came very close to the medals. After a bye in the first round of the competition, Luis started off the Championships against Afghanistan on Saturday November 19th. His unanimous victory enabled him to progress to the next round against Wales, where he once again claimed the victory with a 3:2 split decision. Progressing to the quarterfinals, Luis was only one bout away from winning a medal, but unfortunately his path came to an end when he was defeated by Australia with a unanimous decision. His great performance in Russia enabled him to reach the Top 8 Youth boxers in the world! “It was a great experience because it allowed me to see different boxing styles and to measure up against the top in the world. I can see my potential despite my defeat in quarterfinals.” Mentionned the 56 Kg Canadian boxer.
“Even though this was only their 2nd international competition, they all competed well with one boxer finishing in the Top 8. They realized the gap between them and the best in the World is not that big and they are all very determined to train harder and do what is necessary to reach the top levels.” says Mark Collins, Youth National team coach.
For more information regarding the draw, schedule and results, visit our EVENT WEB PAGE.
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DAY 1 – Session 1A // Session 1B
DAY 2 – Session 2A // Session 2B // Session 3A // Session 3B
DAY 3 – Session 4A // Session 4B // Session 5A // Session 5B
DAY 4 – Session 6A // Session 6B // Session 7A // Session 7B
DAY 5 – Session 8A // Session 8B // Session 9A // Session 9B
DAY 6 – Session 10A // Session 10B // Session 11A // Session 11B
DAY 7 – Session 12A // Session 12B // Session 13A // Session 13B
DAY 9 – Session 16
56 Kg (Luis Santana)
75 Kg (Jake Daoust)
81 Kg (Lexson Mathieu)
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Club Centre de Boxe Empire (Empire Académie)
Coach François (Frank) Duguay
Date of birth April 14, 1999
Weight category 81 kg
2016 AMERICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2016 – 2015 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2011-2016 PROVINCIAL CHAMPION (QC)
Lexson comes from a family of athletes. Indeed, both his parents practiced combat sports (his father was a boxer) and that’s where his “fighting” mentality comes from. From a young age, Lexson practiced taekwondono. However, when he wasn’t winning, he was being disqualified for using too much force while hitting the body, which influenced his transition towards boxing. When Taekwondo no longer represented a challenge, his parents decided to sign him up in a sport where he would be able to use his strenght and be in a contact sport. At the age of 10-11, Lexson became a boxer.
Lexson’s coach doesn’t recall having trained an athlete with such talent at a young age. According to him, his main skills are his strenght as well as his ability to adapt in the ring. Indeed, he is able to assimilate information right away without having to wait for directions between rounds.
As for his boxing career, Lexson hopes to win the Youth World Boxing Championships in Russia (November 2016) and then aim for the gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. the 2019 Pan Am Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He would then probably transition into professionnal boxing as he would love to make a living from his sport. His nickname, ”The Next”, reglects his winning attitude as well as his goals that set for himself at a young age.
In addition to his boxing training, Lexson is also in school to obtain his High School diploma.
Nickname “The Next”
Favorite music Hip Hop
Favorite movie Fight Club
Typical pre-bout meal Chocolat ad banana crepes
Other hobbies Spend time with my family
Place you’d life to visit in your life Japan
Life and career objectives I would like to attain the following objectives:
Champion of the 2016 Youth World Boxing Championships
Gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold medalist at the 2019 PanAm Games
Gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Pursue a professionnel career
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Following the success of the 2016 edition, Boxing Canada is proud to announce that the 2017 Canadian Championships will once again regroup the Junior, Youth and Elite categories under the same roof. The organization of this major competition is once again entrusted to Club EnergyBox. At the beginning of the new Olympic cycle, the best boxers across the country will face each other during a week-long competition hoping to remain or become national champion in their respective categories.
The competition will take place April 24 – 30, 2017 at the Hilton Quebec Hotel, located at 1100, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Quebec City QC G1R 2P3. The championship for the Junior division will be held in the form of a round-robin tournament while the Youth and Elite division will showcase a single-elimination tournament. Each province and territory will have the opportunity to register up to two male and two female boxers per weight division and age group.
The 2016 edition of the championships regrouped more than 230 boxers on two rings during five days of competition. ” Quebec City will be the ideal city to host this major event and we are thrilled to welcome, once again, the best boxers from across Canada.” said organizers Benoit Martel and Carl Poirier.
More information will be available shortly. You can visit the EVENT WEB PAGE where all the documents will be uploaded.
Boxing Canada is proud to announce the boxers who will attend the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship in St-Petersburg, Russia. Organized by AIBA, the competition will take place from November 14th -27th. Three boxers will be representing Canada on an International level:
56 kg Luis Santana (QC)
75 kg Jake Daoust (ON)
81 kg Lexson Mathieu (QC)
This major tournament will be the first World Championship participation for our young boxers and it will be a great opportunity for them to acquire experience at the start of the new Olympic cycle. The selection of the boxers has been based on multiple factors, such as their performances at the 2016 Continental Championship and at the last edition of the national championships, the results from their physical tests conducted on July 17th as well as their pathway towards High performance. Their team leadership and spirit as well as their ability to perform under pressure were also taken into account for the selection.
Based on the evaluated criteria, Luis Santana, Jake Daoust and Lexson Mathieu distinguished themselves with their maturity and their advances development pathway. “We are confident with the selected boxers. Although our Youth national team comprise many hopes for the future, many need to make some boxing adjustments after their defeats at the Continental Championship.” said Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s high performance director. ” The three selected boxers have proven that they are ready, physically and mentally, to face adversity and the high caliber that will definitely be present at the Youth World Championship.”
Throughout the championship, you will be able to follow our athlete’s progression on our webpage and our social media outlets as information will be updated daily.