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.
Following a High Performance Committee (HPC) meeting last week, Boxing Canada is happy to announce the athletes nominated for the 2017 High Performance program.
“We’ve selected a strong team to represent Boxing Canada this year. The athletes selected in the High Performance Program have showed great progress throughout the year and displayed a high-caliber of boxing through the selection process, including their performances at the Canadian Championships.” said Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada High Performance Director. “This year will be a great opportunity to test themselves at the International level.”
ELITE NATIONAL TEAM (women)
48 Kg Kim Clavel (QC)
51 Kg Mandy Bujold (ON)
54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo (ON)
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin (QC)
60 Kg Caroline Veyre (QC)
64 Kg Sara Kali (QC)
69 Kg Marie-Jeanne Parent (QC)
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault (QC)
81 Kg Marija Curran (ON)
81+ Kg Nadia Viaud
ELITE NATIONAL TEAM (men)
49 Kg Ghulam Reza Ali Ahmed (BC)
52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Thomas Blumenfeld (QC)
56 Kg Eric Basran (BC)
60 Kg Rodolfo Velasquez (ON)
60 Kg Luis Santana (QC)
64 Kg Arthur Biyarslanov (ON)
64 Kg Mazlum Akdeniz (QC)
69 Kg Joshua Frazer (ON)
75 Kg Triston Brookes (ON)
81 Kg Harley-David O’Reilly (QC)
91 Kg Bryan Colwell (BC)
91+ Kg Alexis Barrière (QC)
YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM (women)
48 Kg Jade Meunier (QC)
51 Kg Christian Zelenco (ON)
54 Kg Deneige Chaffey (ON)
57 Kg Stéphanie Thibault (QC)
60 Kg Katiushka Vasquez (QC)
64 Kg Ashley Rouble (BC)
69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh (NB)
75 Kg Naomie Pelletier (QC
YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM (men)
52 Kg Jordan Mathieu (QC)
56 Kg Sean Finnigan (NB)
60 Kg Thomas Chabot (QC)
64 Kg Hamza Khabbaz (QC)
69 Kg Hunter Lee (ON)
75 Kg Satwinder Thind (ON)
81 Kg Lexson Mathieu (QC)
All National Team athletes are currently undergoing physical testing to evaluate their conditions before their upcoming competitions. The Elite National Team will be competing at the Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Class (May 26), Brandt Cup (May 28) as well as the AMBC Continental Championships (June 8-18) while the Youth National Team boxers will partake in the Youth Commonwealth Games (July 16-23).
The list of boxers participating in these competitions will be announce shortly.
All National Team competitions & events are listed in our Event Calendar and all relevant information is added as it becomes available.
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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.