Team Ontario left its mark once again at the Canadian Senior Boxing Championships this past weekend. From January 20 – 23 the best 19 and over male and female amateur boxers from across the country assembled in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. Our national and provincial teams produced exceptional results.
Ontario captured “Best Female Team” last year and repeated the feat in Quebec as two new boxers claimed gold and joined the female national squad, and two current champs continued on their winning ways. Katie Dunn, from Border City Boxing Club in Windsor, never got past two rounds in either of her bouts in her domination of the 63kg division. Katie was honoured with the “Best Female Boxer” award for the tournament. Jill Perry, from Ottawa Beaver Boxing Club, proved that resilience is a virtue. The provincial veteran upset National Team’s Sandra Bizier in the 57kg final. Jenn Ogg of London and Mary Spencer of Windsor successfully and convincingly defended their National titles. The two champions will lead a strong and gifted National Female Team in 2005.
Not to be outdone, Ontario’s men performed extremely well at the tournament and narrowly missed out on the “Best Male Team” award, losing by a slim margin to Quebec. Olympian Adam Trupish and defending National Champion Jason Douglas repeated as victors on the weekend. Ibrahim Kamal from Cabbagetown Boxing Club in Toronto claimed his first senior title. The former National Junior Champion was unlucky the past two years, but this year is in amazing form and it showed in Quebec.
Congratulations to all competitors, as EVERY athlete on the team medaled! Ontario captured 7 Gold medals at the National Championships, but the team also tallied 9 Silver and 8 Bronze. Next step for our National Champions is Final Team Selection from Febraury 17 – 20.
For a complete list of the tournament results visit the Latest News section of our web site, www.boxingontario.com.