Olympians, world champions, national title holders and provincial contenders assemble in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec this weekend at the Canadian Senior Male & Female Amateur Boxing Championships. Gold medal winners move on to international prominence and a shot at boxing greatness, while their opponents are left to ponder what could have been. Through January 20 â€“ 23 Ontario’s elite boxing stars will find out what side of the spectrum they belong to.
Ontario boasts a very strong core of boxers, led by last year’s dominating National Team members and supported by a long list of extremely gifted provincial champions. In the men’s corner Ontario is led by Olympian and 5-Time National Champion Adam Trupish and Toronto’s Jason Douglas, who narrowly missed out on the Olympic Games last year. The women’s National Team is fronted by world champion Jenn Ogg and Windsor’s Mary Spencer, undefeated in 7 international bouts and a strong candidate for heiress to the throne. Toronto’s Jacqueline Park also compliments an Ontario women’s side that won 8 of 12 Gold Medals at last year’s National Finals.
Team Ontario, an exciting cast of Senior Provincial Champions looking to make the National Team, is prepared to continue its trend of boxing dominance at the national level. Team Manager Margaret Canty, a former National Champion and current coach at Border City Boxing Club in Windsor, has extreme confidence in the team traveling to Quebec this weekend. “I expect the team to perform exceptionally well,” notes Canty. “Some of our athletes will be anxious and in unfamiliar territory, but these boxers are mentally and physically ready to go. Ontario has always done well at the Nationals and once again Ontario and Quebec will be the teams to beat.”
The Canadian Senior Boxing Championships commence this Thursday, January 20, in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. For a listing of Provincial Team members visit our National Team members visit our website www.boxingontario.com, or for information on our current National team members visit www.boxing.ca.