TRENTON – Boxers on Nova Scotia’s Canada Winter Games core team completed a training camp last weekend in Trenton.
Albion Amateur Boxing Club hosted the camp that included five members of its club: Connor Walsh, Connor Synishin, Matthew Fraser, Tivor Stewart and Logan Walsh.
The boxers were weighed and their height and reach were measured while training and sparring took place. There was also a frigid early-morning run on Sunday.
“It’s been a good camp,” Albion head coach Al Archibald said. “All the kids have been sparring tough, bringing their A games. It was a good, tough Canada Games camp and the kids from our club were very impressive. There’s a lot of work to do in the next two years, but there is a lot of promise there.”
The next Winter Games will be in 2019 in Red Deer, Alta.
Walter Linthorne also coaches at the Albion club and took part in the camp. Linthorne is among past Albion boxers who have represented Nova Scotia at Canada Winter Games and is glad boxing is once again a competitive sport after having been dropped from the 2015 Winter Games.
Boxing had been a fixture sport through the 2011 Winter Games in Halifax.
“It’s really good it’s back,” he said. “It never should have been gone, but it’s back and I hope it’s here to stay.”
Boxing Nova Scotia head coach Wayne Gordon directed the camp that took place thought Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s always nice to see kids with a common goal,” he said. “We’ll see if they develop into better athletes between now and 2019. I think overall it hurt our program, not having boxing at the 2015 Games.”
Gordon said the province needs more sport programs like boxing to engage young people.
“We need more programs like this to keep kids out of trouble,” he said. “They’re less likely to fall through the cracks and given the right circumstances they can excel. They have the potential to do great things.”
Another camp will likely take place in the New Year, but its location is uncertain.
Albion club president Jim Worthen said the camp could move around the province but the Albion club is a preferred location because it’s central.
Albion Amateur Boxing Club head coach Al Archibald, right, takes a punch on the mitt from Matt Rouleau during the Canada Games boxing camp in Trenton. (Goodwin photo)