December 3, 2004

For Immediate Release:

Four members of the Canadian Female Boxing Team traveled to Taiwan this past weekend and three returned home with Gold medals.Three members of the squad were represented by Boxing Ontario.The Taiwan International Female Tournament attracted top boxing talent from across the globe.

Leading the way for Canada were faces that have become well known on the women’s world boxing stage.Veteran Jenn Ogg added another Gold to her trophy case, defeating USA’s Carrie Barry 25-20 and then Mitchel Martinez of the Phillipines by a score of 19-11.Windsor’s Mary Spencer, unbeaten in her first 7 international bouts, conquered Lin Ye-Wing of Chinese Taipei by RSC in the 2nd Round and Kelly Halling of New Zealand by an impressive score of 31-8.Arienne Fortin of Quebec tallied Canada’s third gold medal, with dominating performances over opponents from India and Australia.

Canada’s only loss of the tournament was a controversial one.Toronto’s Jacqui Park lost an 11-9 decision to Chandrika Juruge of Sri Lanka, despite the fact that she led the first two rounds and seemed to dominate her opponent throughout the match.National Team Coach and her personal coach at Cabbagetown Boxing Club, Peter Wylie was in shock, but he noted that Jacqui was extremely gracious and respectful of the international officials in accepting the decision.

Boxing Ontario congratulates the team on another outstanding performance.The National Champions look to defend their titles next month, at the Canadian Senior Championships in Quebec, January 20-23, 2005.

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