Boxing Canada targeting multiple medals at 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Boxing Canada targeting multiple medals at 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, July 13, 2010 – Super-heavyweight Didier Bence (Laval, QC) and middleweight Steve Rolls (Chatham, ON) will lead a group of promising young boxers to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India from October 3-14.

Bence won bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games and silver at both the 2009 Francophonie Games and the recent Continental Championship in Ecuador. Rolls was ranked in the top 12 in the world after the 2009 World Championship in Italy. Canada’s boxers hope to win a total of four medals at the Delhi Games.

“Traditionally, Canadian boxers have done extremely well at the Commonwealth Games, and we’re expecting a repeat performance in Delhi,” said Chef de Mission, Martha Deacon. “Canada won a total of seven medals at the 2002 Manchester Games, but only one at the last Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006. We’re confident these talented young boxers will reverse that trend and find their place on the podium this October in India.”

Ms. Deacon added that she visited the Boxing venue during a recent site visit to Delhi and described the facility as “first class.”

“The young boxers selected to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi have the potential to win medals and contribute to the overall performance of the Canadian Team,” said John O’Shea, President of Boxing Canada. “They will also gain valuable international experience to help them on their way to the 2012 Olympic Games.”

All athletes named by Boxing Canada to Team Canada for the 2010 Commonwealth Games are National Champions in their category:

  • 60kg (Lightweight): Alejandro RYNN Calgary, AB
  • 64kg (Light Welterweight): Yves ULYSE Montreal, QC
  • 69kg (Welterweight): Custio CLAYTON Darmouth, NS
  • 75kg (Middleweight): Steve ROLLS Chatham, ON
  • 81kg (Light heavyweight): Colin FISH Oshawa, ON
  • 91kg (Heavyweight): Samir EL-MAIS Windsor, ON
  • +91kg (Super heavyweight): Didier BENCE Laval, QC
  • Coach: Dewith FRASER
  • Coach: Marc RAMSAY
  • Team Manager: William WONG

Interviews with individual athletes and coaches can be arranged by contacting Daniel Trépanier, High Performance Director, Boxing Canada, 613-238-7700, dt@boxing.ca.

The Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games will be the world’s largest multi-sport competition this year, drawing more than 4,000 athletes from 71 nations and territories. For more information on Team Canada, visit www.commonwealthgames.ca.

About Boxing Canada

Boxing Canada is the National Sport Organization responsible for the development and maintenance of rules and regulations governing amateur boxing in Canada, development of coaches and officials, organization of national and international competitions, and National Team programs.

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 Commonwealth Games Canada is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth, by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool.

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Derek Johnston
Commonwealth Games Canada Communications
(613) 837-3377
derek@face-value.ca

Daniel Trépanier
Boxing Canada, High Performance Director
(613) 238-7700
dt@boxing.ca

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