Ottawa June 3,2014(ISN) – Boxing Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) today confirmed
the seven athletes and two coaches for the sport of boxing to be named to
Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland this July.
Among the Team Canada boxing athletes, members of this strong group have
been Canadian Champions on 21 occasions.
With much experience behind this team representing boxing in Canada,
multi-sport Games leadership will come from 2012 Olympian Custio Clayton of
Dartmouth Nova Scotia along with Samir El-Mais as the two returning
Commonwealth Games athletes.
Two-time World Champion Ariane Fortin, coached by Mike Moffa will also build
off her World Champion wins and seven national championships as she
represents her country in the 75KG weight-class. Rounding out the strong
women’s team members will be Pan-Am Champion and six-time Canadian Champion
“We are thrilled to see such a strong pool of athletes ready to take on the
best that these Commonwealth Games have to offer,” says Team Canada Chef de
Mission, Chantal Peticlerc. “With performance a priority for the team at the
XXth Commonwealth Games, as this road to Rio passes through Glasgow, we know
our athletes will be striving for the best results.”
With Great Britain, one of the strongest nations at the last Olympics, being
split into a number of individual countries, the competition in Glasgow is
going to be extremely strong and Canada plans to be ready.
“We are reaching for the podium and we have been able to select a tight team
constructed to target medals,” says Daniel Trepanier, Boxing Canada High
Performance Director / Head Coach. “Our Commonwealth team is composed of
both seasoned veterans as well as some athletes who will make their first
appearance at the Commonwealth Games. This is an outstanding opportunity for
them to compete against the best in the world.”
Athletes and coaches nominated by Boxing Canada to Team Canada for the 2014
Commonwealth Games were selected based on Boxing Canada’s selection
ARIANE FORTIN, 30, 75KG, St. Nicholas, QC. This Montreal resident who began
boxing in 2001 was the two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion (2006, 2008),
2005 AIBA Women’s World Silver medalist, four-time Pan-American Continental
Women’s Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), the seven-time Canadian Women’s
National Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 2013) and two-time
Canadian silver medalist (2011, 2012).
MANDY BUJOLD, 27, 51KG, Toronto, ON. Boxing out of the Atlas Boxing Gym
under coach Adrian Teodorescu, Bujold competed at the 2012 AIBA Women’s
World Championships in Qinhuangdao China and won a gold medal in the 51KG
category at the 2011 Pan American Games and is a six-time National Champion
(2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
CUSTIO CLAYTON, 27, 69KG, Dartmouth, NS. Boxing out of the City of Lakes
Boxing Club in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Clayton began boxing in 1998. Clayton
competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, placed sixth at the London 2012
Olympic Games (69KG), placed third at the 2013 Pan-American Continental
Championships in Santiago de Chile and is the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Canadian
SAMIR EL-MAIS, 34, 91KG, Windsor, ON. After 70 bouts, “Sweet Sammy” is a
returning Commonwealth Games athlete having placed 5th at the 2010
Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He was a participant at the 2013 AIBA
World Championships and placed third at the 2013 Pan-American Continental
Championships in Santiago de Chile and is the 2011 and 2012 National
BRODY ROBERT BLAIR, 23, 75KG, New Glasgow, NS. Influenced by idol Roy Jones
Jr. and his father and coach Robert Blair, Brody competed in the 2013 AIBA
World Championships, and placed fifth at the 2013 Pan-American Continental
Championships in Chile and bronze medallist at the 2011 Pan-American Games
Mexico. Blair is the 2009 National Youth Champion and two-time National
Champion (2011, 2012).
DAVID GAUTHIER, 31, 60 KG, Québec, QC. Gauthier is the 2013 National
Champion at 60KG, the 2012 Canadian Silver Medallist at 56KG and the 2010
Canadian Bronze medallist at 57KG.
ARTUR BIYARSLANOV, 19, 64KG, Toronto, ON. Coached by Adrian Teodorescu, this
southpaw is the 2013 Canadian Bronze Medallist (64KG) and two-time Canadian
Youth National Champion at 64KG (2011, 2012).
KEVIN HOWARD, North Vancouver, BC. Having represented England as an athlete
in international competition, Howard began coaching in 1987 and has coached
at the local and national level and has represented Canada internationally
since 1991. Kevin’s coaching resumé includes Commonwealth Games, Pan Am
Games and World Championship experience.
DANIEL TREPANIER, Montréal, QC. Following his competitive career in Quebec,
he began coaching in 2000. As the head coach of Boxing Canada, Trepanier has
represented Canada at many international competitions including the 2006
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games, 2011
Men’s World Championships, 2012 Youth World Boxing Championships, 2012
London Olympic Games and the 2013 Men’s World Championships.
“Canada has a long tradition of excellence in boxing, and we are proud of
the team that has been named to represent our country at the Commonwealth
Games this summer in Glasgow,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport). “Congratulations to our boxers, and be assured that Canadians
will be following and encouraging you as you face the best athletes in the
Commonwealth. Good luck!”
The Canadian Team is expected to be comprised of 265 athletes, Canada’s
largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games. The entire Canadian Team
will be officially named by Commonwealth Games Canada in July 2014.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August
3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish