ELITE (Men & Women)
Boxing Canada is proud to nominate the seven boxers who will represent Canada as they step into the ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018
56 Kg Eric Basran
64 Kg Thomas Blumenfeld
81 Kg Harley-David O’Reilly
51 Kg Mandy Bujold
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
The draw will be known on April 4th and the boxing tournament will be held over ten days of competition from April 5-14.
Read the full Team announcement HERE
Montreal – December 12th, 2017. Boxing Canada is proud to nominate the seven boxers who will represent Canada as they step into the ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018. The dynamic group composed of three men and four women will set their sight on the podium come April.
The draw will be known on April 4th and the boxing tournament will be held over ten days of competition from April 5-14 at Oxenford Studios, film studio and home to Hollywood blockbusters. The Canadian boxing delegation will field a stellar roster which combines veteran leadership and youthful pugilists. In addition, it will be the first multi-sports Games environment for five boxers on the team.
The Canadian boxers nominated to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team are:
56 Kg Eric Basran (Montreal, QC)
64 Kg Thomas Blumenfeld (Montreal, QC)
81 Kg Harley-David O’Reilly (Montreal, QC)
51 Kg Mandy Bujold (Kitchener, ON)
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC)
60 Kg Caroline Veyre (Montreal, QC)
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault (Montreal, QC)
“It’s truly an honour and a privilege to have been nominated to the Commonwealth Games. After years of hard work and sacrifices, I’m fulfilling one of my biggest dreams - to represent my country in Olympic-style boxing at a major Games.” said Harley-David O’Reilly. “I am confident that we will obtain great performances with this amazing team and that each athlete has the potential to medal.”
The vigorous team of Canadian boxers will be led by Olympian Mandy Bujold, who will attend the Commonwealth Games for the second time after winning bronze at Glasgow in 2014. The selected athletes have showcased themselves against world-class boxers in the last few months and Boxing Canada is confident that they will offer great chances to contribute to Canada’s medal count.
“It was a very difficult decision to select our team with the great number of boxers striving to represent Canada on the international stage. Our team, for the most part, is new as we start the pathway to Tokyo 2020.” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s President. “Even though this team has limited international experience, each athlete is more than capable of winning medals and we see improvements every time they step in the ring. Mandy’s leadership will certainly elevate the team’s performance!”
A last training camp will take place at Smithy’s Gym in Toowoomba, Australia to put the final touches on their preparation and to acclimatize to the time difference. National Team coach João Carlos Barros and High Performance Director Daniel Trépanier will be leading the team in and out of the ring.
Historically, Boxing Canada has performed very well at the Commonwealth Games. At Glasgow 2014, the Canadian delegation claimed three medals with Samir El Mais (81Kg – gold), Ariane Fortin (75Kg – silver) and Mandy Bujold (51Kg – bronze).
"Boxing is always an exciting sport to watch and I look forward to welcoming and supporting the seven men and women nominated today by Boxing Canada to the 2018 Commonwealth Games," said Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias." With their triple-medal performance at the last Games, I know that they will be a podium threat once again next April."
The entire Canadian Team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March 2018.
The 2018 Games will take place April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia, with 70 participating countries and over 4000 athletes taking part.
ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES CANADA
Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.
ABOUT BOXING CANADA
Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of Olympic boxing in the country recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee. The goal of Boxing Canada is to promote, organize and coordinate the sport of Boxing for the advancement of the sport and its members of all levels and ages. The organization’s vision is to inspire Canadians to make Olympic boxing a major sport and physical activity while striving towards Canada being a dominant nation internationally. For more information, visit www.boxingcanada.org.
The 2017 Canadian Championships were without a doubt a massive success! It was the second edition regrouping the Junior, Youth and Elite categories under the same roof and a grand total of 219 boxers from coast to coast took part in the competition for a chance to claim the national title in their respective category.
“This year’s Canadian Championships will be remembered as one of the best in the past 25 years. The local organization [Benoit Martel and Carl Poirier from Club EnergyBox] did a fabulous job of ensuring all participants enjoyed their experience.” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s president. “As far as the competition itself, it was very clear that the quality of boxing in Canada has improved tremendously and that there is talent from coast to coast. We saw medalists from each province present at the competition. We must give credit to all the coaches across Canada for spending time with these athletes in the gym preparing them for these championships. Boxing in Canada is in great shape!”
Indeed, the Canadian Championships are growing every year and the tournament is starting to have a festival allure with all the seminars, workshops and ceremonies as part of the event. With all the exceptional talent present, the 2017 edition gathered a lot of media coverage and visibility across the country, which is great for the exposure and growth of our sport!
Also, another addition to this year’s edition was the opening ceremony where each provincial delegation marched in the competition area showing their colors.
- For all pictures from the competition, click HERE
- For all information regarding the competition (draw, results, schedule, etc), click HERE
Also, a big thank you to STING Canada, our Official Supplier of Equipment, for providing us with top-quality boxing gloves and headgear throughout the 2017 Canadian Championships !!
NEW NATIONAL TEAM COMPOSITION
After five intense days of competition, the Youth and Elite National Team’s composition was confirmed. (Click HERE to view the list of medalists)
One of the interesting aspects ahead of this year’s championship was that some weight divisions had two National Team representatives fighting for a unique spot on the team. This was due to the Olympic qualification process which prevented the Olympic National Team from competition at the 2016 Canadian Championships and where new champions were crowned.
“I’m very happy with the composition of the National Team. We have a few new faces amongst the team who are highly motivated to prove themselves.” mentions Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “It is exciting to see that we have depth within the National Team pool at the start of a new Olympic quadrennial.”
The next step for the National Team boxers will be to conduct physical and medical testing to evaluate their conditions ahead of the Continental Championships taking place June 8-19 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. These championships are now a mandatory qualification event to be participate in the 2017 Men’s World Championships to be hosted in Hamburg, Germany from August 25th until September 3rd. The Canadian delegation travelling to Honduras will be announced shortly.
As for the Youth National Team, the results of the physical testing will determine the composition of the team for the Youth Commonwealth Games taking place July 16-23rd in Nassau, Bahamas.
Another achievement worth mentioning is Mandy Bujold: she claimed her 11th Canadian Title during these championships, which establishes a new record in Amateur boxing in Canada ! Congrats Mandy!
AIBA 1-STAR R&J SEMINAR
Throughout the championships, Boxing Canada also took the opportunity to conduct an AIBA 1-star referee and judge’s certification course. This is the first step to increase the number of Canadian representatives during international competitions.
“Andrew Caufield (Scotland) and Doug Emery (USA) were the two AIBA instructors who oversaw the course and evaluated our Canadian officials throughout the competition. This is a great opportunity for our officials to either refresh their AIBA 1-star certification or upgrade to the next level of officiating in boxing and get them one step closer to being internationally certified.” said Pat Fiacco.
HIGH PERFORMANCE & MEDICAL SEMINARS
The Canadian Championships are a great opportunity to educate and inform our members. Various workshops and seminars were offered every day offering additional resources on a variety of topics, such as High Performance, sport psychology and medical advancements.
BOXERS OF THE TOURNAMENT & ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY
Given their great performances throughout #CANbox17, here are the boxers who were awarded the trophies for Best Boxers of the Competition:
- Best Female Youth boxer: Ashley Rouble (BC)
- Best Male Youth boxer: Hunter Lee (ON)
- Best Female Elite boxer: Sara Haghighat-Joo (ON)
- Best Male Elite boxer: Joshua Frazer (ON)
Also, at the close of the 2017 Canadian Championships, Boxing Canada took the opportunity to host its Annual Award Ceremony.
Here are the 2016 award recipients who were celebrated:
It was also during this ceremony that Yvon Michel officially became a member of Boxing Canada’s Hall of Fame. His induction came as no surprise given his active involvement as a National Team coach and Executive Director of the Fédération Québécoise de Boxe Olympique (FQBO) as well as his tremendous contribution to boxing in Canada as a professional promoter.
Two days into the competition, our Canadian boxers are shinning in all their glory at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana. With a perfect score of 5 victories out of 5 bouts, it is a first in Boxing Canada’s history,
Caroline Veyre was the first to break the ice with a spectacular victory of 3-0 against Martina Schmoranzova (CZE). The 60 Kg Canadian representative can still qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. She will need to finish in the Top 4 in order to punch her ticket for Rio.
The second day was just as exciting, from start to finish. Erica Adjei (54 Kg) kicked off session 3 with a victory of 2-1 against Mariem Homrani (TUN). A few bouts later, the Quebec boxers Sabrina Aubin (57 Kg ) and Sara Kali (64 Kg) respectively claimed a victory with the score of 2-0 and a TKO in 1st round. To conclude this historical debut, Ariane Fortin (75 Kg) convincingly won her bout 3-0 against Shunhyeong Kim (KOR).
It is the first time that Boxing Canada obtains similar results during this major competition. ”We are very pleased with the great start with 5 out of 5 wins in the first 2 days of the world championships. We know this is going to be a tough tournament and the team has prepared for that.” claimed Pat Fiacco, president of Boxing Canada. Three boxers have yet to make their first appearance in the ring. Kim Clavel (48 Kg), Mandy Bujold (51 Kg) and Alison Greey (81 Kg) are scheduled to make their debut over the weekend. Caroline Veyre will also be on Saturday’s card as she will face Maja Saric (CRO) during the second round of preliminaries.
Best of luck to all our boxers !