Four Ontario boxers are ready for world-class competition at the 2023 Pan American Games, October 20 – November 5, in Santiago, Chile

Mckenzie Wright – Women’s 50 kg – City Boxing Club
Scarlett Delgado – Women’s 54 kg – Destiny Boxing Club
Garinder Takhar – Women’s 60 kg – Knockout Brampton
Justin Parina – Men’s 51 kg – Kombat Arts Training Academy / National Training Centre

The athletes qualified to compete at the Pan Am Games following their performances at the AMBC Elite, Youth & Junior American Boxing Championships, held July 31 to August 10 in Colombia, in which Scarlett won gold and Mckenzie, Garinder, and Justin won bronze in their respective categories.

Thirteen athletes will be representing the Canadian Pan Am boxing team in total.

The journey to the Pan Am Games began back in June 2023 when the athletes competed for a spot on Team Canada at the 2023 Domestic Qualifiers held in Montreal.

Recently, Team Canada attended a two-week Pan Am Games preparation camp in Bogota, Colombia in which over a dozen countries participated.

The team has arrived in Chile, the draw is complete, and the Ontario athletes will have their first bouts on the following days:

Justin Parina – October 21 (AM)
Mckenzie Wright – October 21 (PM)
Garinder Takhar – October 22 (PM)
Scarlett Delgado – October 24 (PM)

The Pan Am Games is the largest multisport event in the Americas and welcomes the best athletes from across the continent to compete. Forty-one countries are participating in the Games in total.

The Pan Am Games is a direct qualifying event for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

Good luck to all the Team Ontario and Team Canada athletes!

Live streaming of the Games is available on the Olympic Channel.

Lead photo of Team Canada courtesy of Justin Parina