As the Continental Championships are fast approaching, the boxing National Team has centralized in Montreal over the last 10 days to fine-tune their preparation for the competition. As announced this winter, Boxing Canada has started the centralization process of its High Performance program within the INSTITUT NATIONAL DU SPORT DU QUÉBEC where its future National Training Centre will be located. However, only the integrated support services such as physical conditioning, sport therapy and psychology are currently offered on-site. "To optimize our National Team's preparation for upcoming major games, we have confirmed a short-term training center as part our athlete centralization process. As the INS Québec is presently incurring major renovations and is only able to provide conditioning facilities and an integrated support team, we felt it was best to confirm a partnership with a neighboring boxing club to compliment our ongoing high performance facelift." said Roy Halpin, Boxing Canada's Executive Director.
Awaiting the completion of our boxing National Training Centre, Boxing Canada is proud to partner with the reputable EAST BOXING CLUB as its temporary Training Centre for the National Team. Being located in proximity to INS Québec, the East Boxing Club facilitates the athletes' transport between their various training. Moreover, many additions to the installations have been made and the gym's schedule has been adapted to meet the National Team's needs. Boxing Canada is very grateful for this new partnership as well as the warm welcome that the boxers received during their training camp.
“We are very proud as it is an honor for the team at East Boxing Club to have been selected as a partner for Boxing Canada’s High Performance program. It is a sign of recognition highlighting the excellence the boxing club has demonstrated over the last years and a great source of inspiration for the development for our athletes and coaches.” declares Patrick Côté, Vice-Président of East Boxing Club.
A few athletes have already moved permanently to Montreal to benefit from the support of the centralized high performance program, including Harley-David O'Reilly. "At first, I wasn't sure what centralization would bring me during my preparation for the Continentals, but I realized all the advantages rapidly! All the services are close by and the access to coaches, therapists and psychologist have tremendously facilitated my preparation. The schedule is structured and all appointments with the various support services are made in advance according to my availabilities; therefore I don't need to worry about this and I can simply focus on my preparation." explains the 81Kg Canadian champion. "I am very happy to have centralized, I only have positive points to mention."
AMBC Continental Championships
The American Continental Championships will take place from June 10 to the 19th in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and will regroup all weight divisions for both men and women. "The Continental Championships will be a great test for our National Team as we are stating the new Olympic cycle with a relatively new team. There is more on the line for our men as this event is a qualifier to the World Championships." explains Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada's President. "However, they performed very well against Cuba two weeks ago and can compete against the best in the world. Our female team is made up of both returning National Team members and new members and we are expecting great results from them."
It will certainly be one of the most important tournaments of the year given that the competition is also a mandatory qualification for the AIBA Men's World Championships taking place in Hamburg, Germany at the end of August. The Top 6 boxers per weight division will be granted a pass for the World Championships, a novelty as the registration used to be open in the previous years. The losers of the quarterfinals will also need to box to determine the 5th and 6th ranks.
Here's the list of boxers who will represent the Canadian delegation in Honduras:
52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Eric Basran
60 Kg Rodolfo Velasquez
64 Kg Arthur Biyarslanov
75 Kg Triston Brookes
81 Kg Harley-David O'Reilly
48 Kg Kim Clavel
51 Kg Mandy Bujold
54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
81 Kg Marija Curran
The coaches who will accompany the boxers are Daniel Trépanier, Sylvain Gagnon, Mark Collins, Gordon Apolloni and Samir El Mais.
All the details relating to the championships (draw sheets, schedule, results, etc.) will be updated throughout the tournament on our EVENT WEB PAGE. The draw will take place Saturday June 10th and the competition will kick off on the same day.