NOVEMBER 27, 2023 | TORONTO, ON. – Athletes on Boxing Ontario’s Elite Provincial Team attended a training camp in preparation for Boxing Canada’s upcoming Olympic Trials, the next stop on the road to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The two-day training camp was hosted at DC Boxing Academy in Guelph on November 18-19 and was executed by Ontario’s Olympic Trials Team Coaches: Cedric Benn, Crista Aguinaldo, Sebastian Cordova, and Provincial Coach Ray Napper.
Day 1 of the camp focused on drills, pad work, and technical sparring, while Day 2 shifted to open sparring. Overall, the camp was a great opportunity for the athletes to put the finishing touches on their preparations for Olympic Trials and to bond as a team.
The goal of Boxing Canada’s Olympic Trials, taking place December 5-10, 2023 in Montreal, QC., is to select boxers for unfilled Olympic quota spots. The winners of the Trials will have the opportunity to represent Canada and compete for the remaining 11 Olympic weight classes in Italy (World Qualifier #1) from February 29-March 12, 2024, and Bangkok (World Qualifier #2) from May 23-June 3, 2024.
Elite category athletes in Olympic weight classes who won gold or silver at Ontario’s Golden Gloves Provincial Championships were eligible to advance to the Trials. Boxing Canada opened additional “wildcard” spots for each provincial/territorial organization. Based on results at Provincials, Boxing Ontario’s High-Performance Committee selected many deserving athletes to advance. Athletes from the National Team have also been pre-selected based on their results from the June 2023 Domestic Qualification Competition and 2023 Elite National Championships.
The following athletes will be representing Ontario at the Olympic Trials:
The full registration list is available on Boxing Canada’s website.
Thank you to Olympic Trials team coaches for organizing the camp, to DC Boxing Academy for hosting the team, and to the many personal coaches for volunteering their time to assist in the athletes’ preparations and success of the camp.
Best of luck to Team Ontario as they compete for their Olympic dreams!
Full training camp album available on Boxing Ontario’s Facebook page.
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About Boxing Ontario:
Boxing Ontario is the only governing body for Olympic-style boxing in Ontario. As such, it is affiliated with Boxing Canada (CABA), the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, & Sport, and World Boxing. Our mission is to inspire and grow interest, participation, and a love of the sport of Olympic-style boxing in Ontario. Founded in 1972, Boxing Ontario encompasses over 150 clubs, 1,500 competitors, and more than 12,000 recreational members. Learn more at www.boxingontario.com
Interviews may be arranged virtually, via email, or phone with Ontario athletes, Olympic Trials Team Coaches, and Boxing Ontario Board Members.