ELITE, YOUTH & JUNIOR (MEN & WOMEN)
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.
MORE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY
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.”
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 !
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.
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.
SCHEDULE & RESULT
- SESSION 1 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 2 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 3 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 4 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 5 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 6 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 7 Schedule | Results
- SESSION 8 Schedule | Results
DRAW SHEETS- JUNIOR
DRAW SHEETS – YOUTH
DRAW SHEETS – ELITE
The organisation of the 2017 Canadian Championship is once again entrusted to Club EnergyBox
(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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Regina Boxing Club
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.