Ontario Winter Games

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Seventeen Members of the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy travelled to Muskoka to participate in the Ontario Winter Games this past weekend. The tournament would also double as the OntarioProvincial Junior/Youth Open Championships, the qualifier to attend the 2015 National Championships as well as the 2014 Provincial Junior/Youth Novice Championships.

It would take 2 large vans and a few parents to get all the athletes to the venue, the beautiful JW Marriott Resort. Despite a severe snowstorm and a detour off the 400 (96 vehicle pileup) we made it and the athletes settled into their luxurious rooms.

The athletes trained very hard for this competition, up to 6 days a week and all were well prepared. Unfortunately, Boxing Ontario did not get the entries they expected and several of our athletes would win their Provincial Title “unopposed”. Several of our athletes were asked to participate in “make-up” bouts to provide experience.

Day 1 of the competition would see Triple Threat – Tevin Piper , Terrell Piper and Tanvir Kahlon all win and repeat as Provincial Champions in the Open Category and guaranteeing themselves a spot at the National Championships. There was a lot of pressure on these three kids, with all of them competing in a new weight category, a category they will have to meet in February of next year! Despite numerous requests, Triple Threat did not participate in any make-up bouts as the boys deserved to enjoy the week-end!

With the pressure off, it was time to relax, have fun and box!

Lets go with the results first

Gold Medals:

  1. Terrell Piper
  2. Tevin Piper
  3. Tanvir Kahlon
  4. Alex Petrenko
  5. Taylor Cloutier (w/o)
  6. Rebecca LeRoy (w/o)
  7. Hali Foster (w/o)
  8. Cassandra Vanderlaan (w/o)
  9. Katelynn Vanderlaan (w/o)
  10. Tatianna Antunes (w/o)
  11. Matthew Coombs (w/o)
  12. Emily Preiss (w/o)
  13. Karndeep Kahlon (w/o)
  14. Hassan Fatehali (w/o)

Silver:

  1. 15. Mohamed Hamed
  2. 16. Nyell Kreamer-Tonin

 

Bronze:

  1.   Jacoby Plummer

 

Most kids despite winning walkovers were able to climb into the ring and compete….kudos to those who made their first appearance in the ring…Nyell, Momo and Matthew.

This was also the first tournament that would see parents in attendance. Despite “no vacancies”, most parents were able to switch hotels and stay at the Marriott. What was truly amazing was the “noise” of our fans, having been in this sport 30 years as a coach, I have never heard any applause when our kids win…the cheering was amazing! WRBA represented well in and out of the ring!

I am sure aside from the boxing, each and every athlete made memories that they will carry for a life-time….swimming outside in a blizzard….skating….horror movies at night. I had a blast!

Next up is some well-deserved vacation for our athletes.

Waterloo Boxing Crowns 2 National Champions

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Most athletes that attend their first National Championships are often caught up in the excitement. Their anxiety usually shows in their performance. For Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy boxers, pressure is expected and with months of intense training, they clearly knew what to expect and thwe results show.

14 yr old Tevin Piper of Elmira should have been nervous at his first National Championships and being the youngest athlete but instead showed great skill and determination and easily defeated Clovis DERY the reigning Quebec Provincial Champion in the Finals at the 2014 Canadian Junior National Championships. PIPER overpowered his opponent from the onset with superior speed and skill. With questionable judging being seen during the tournament and a home-town opponent, PIPER knew he had to make an impact. PIPER increased the pace in the 3rd round that included a standing 8-count in the final round. The Judges had no option but to award the bout and the Gold Medal to PIPER.

For 15 yr old Tanvir Kahlon of Kitchener, the finals would also see him face the reigning Quebec Provincial Champion and local fan favourite, Etienne CHABOT.  The opening bell saw the Quebec boxer charge out and began landing with power punches from both hands. Kahlon knew he would not be able to brawl with CHABOT and decided to utilize the entire ring. Kahlon’s hand speed and footspeed proved too much for CHABOT who could no long land the heavy blows. CHABOT showed signs of frustration including some hitting after the bell and holding. Again, for participating in his first Nationals, Kahlon showed some great poise and composure and went on the win the bout in a 2-1 split decision.

With their Gold Medal performances, both Piper and Kahlon are now National Team athletes and can be considered for Quest for Gold funding.

With the Nationals out of the way, both athletes will now focus on organizing “Season’s Beatings”, the Annual WRBA fundraiser and return to training for the Ontario Winter Games to be held in February.

Ontario Provincial Championships

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The Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy came away from home Ontario Provincial Championships, held in Toronto this year, with 3 gold medals. Tanvir Kahlon and Tevin Piper were recognized as Provincial champions and Provincial team members in the Junior C 66 and 46kg weight categories respectively. Terrell Piper won his finals convincingly in the Junior C 52kg weight category, delivering 2 standing 8 counts to his opponent, Hunter Lee of the Windsor boxing club, during the match. His performance garnered praise from  officials and other coaches.  Suad Murseli won his opening match against James Fertile of the Golden Gloves boxing club. He then faced a very strong opponent in Mike Affaine from Clancy’s boxing club in the quarter finals. It was a very competitive 1st and 2nd round with the score being tied in each one. The 3rd and final round saw Mike edging Suad in a very closely scored round for the win. Excellent showing by all competitors, congratulations!!

Another National Champion Crowned

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Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy’s Tajinder Lall has captured his first National Junior Championship at the 2011 National Junior Championships held in St. Hyancinthe Quebec. The 14 yr old Cambridge native defeated Nikko IPPOLITTO of British Columbia to win the Gold Medal in the 52 kg category by a score of 8-0.

To get to the finals, Tajinder defeated Jesse ROCHAR from Alberta 9-1 on points in the semi-finals. The Junior C category attracts the best 15 and 16 yr old boxers from the entire country.

Despite being the youngest competitor in the tournament, Tajinder proved he is an athlete to watch in the future. Next up for Tajinder will be the AIBA Junior World Champinships to be held from July 20-31st in Astana Kazakhstan.

Winning a National Title takes a lot of determination and sacrifice as well as a very strong support team. Coaching Tajinder was WRBA’s 6 time National Champion Mandy Bujold and making up the remainder of the Dream Team was Olympic Gold Medalist Coach Adrian Teodorescu of the Atlas Boxing Club.

Ringside Update

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Ringside PhotoWaterloo Regional Boxing Academy recently returned from the 2011 Ringside World Championships held in Kansas City. This is an “Invitational” tournament meaning anyone can attend. This year, 1300 athletes from all over the World would come to try and capture the coveted Belt! Two of our boxers came home with their hands full!

National Champion Mandy Bujold won her 4th Belt as she defeated Eleanor Boden of Australia, Sierra Picton -Welland Canada and eventually Bernice Hernandez from Las Vegas in the Finals.

Also joining Mandy in winning a Belt was WRBA newcomer Amy Finkbiener who defeated Dana Soderholm of Kansas and Julia Dimarcantonio of Niagara Falls

Canada in the final. Amy competed in the 141 lbs. Masters Novice Division.

WRBA Boxer David Palacios made it to the Finals but lost a very close decision to Umberto Tellez of Kansas. David won 3 bouts to make it to the Finals!

Other WRBA boxers that made the trip were Del Plummer, Taylor Cloutier, Tajinder Lall and Duncan Wey.