The Canadian National Senior Championships in Amateur Boxing concluded this weekend in Regina, Saskatchewan, with the Ontario Male and Female teams in the spotlight.
Team Ontario Females in particular, crushed the opposition winning 8 out of a possible 12 Gold Medals and captured the “Best Female Team” Award. Debbie Richards of Boom Boom’s Boxing Club in London captured her 2nd straight National Championship, in the 57kg class, and was named, “Best Female Boxer.” Jennifer Ogg from Lambton Boxing Club in Sarnia also won her 2nd straight title, in the 60kg class, and was named the “2003 Female Athlete of the Year” by Boxing Canada.
“Best Male Boxer” went to an Ontario product, National Team perennial Andrew Kooner (Windsor Amateur Boxing Club) in the 54kg class. Adam Trupish (Windsor Amateur Boxing Club) and Jason Douglas (Atlas Boxing Club – Toronto) also repeated as National Champions, in the 69kg and 91kg weight classes respectively. The three are likely to make the Senior Male Final Team; the selection coincides with the Canadian National Junior Championships (ages 17-18) in Shawinigan, Quebec from January 29 – February 1, 2004.
The Senior Male Team will travel to Tijuana, Mexico from March 12-20, 2004 in an attempt to qualify for the Olympics. The final stage of Olympic trials is in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from April 4 – 11 to determine who will be on the Canadian Olympic Team.
The Senior Female Final Selection will coincide with the Canadian National Cadet Championships (ages 15 – 16) in St. Catharines, Ontario from April 30 – May 2, 2004. Although female boxers do not compete in the Olympics, the Senior Female Team will compete in world events as representatives of Canada. After such a dominating performance in Regina, it looks like much of the team will be Ontario-based. “Both the men and women were excellent this weekend, but the manner in which our females performed, winning 8 out of 12 gold medals, upsetting 3 previous National Champions, and winning Best Female Team, it was absolutely amazing,” said Val Ryan, President of Boxing Ontario.
Here are Ontario results from the National Senior Championships, January 15 – 18, 2004: