TRENTON — Being honoured by the town of Trenton is timely for the Albion Amateur Boxing Club, club president Jim Worthen says.
Worthen, the club’s original head coach, accepted a certificate on behalf of the club from Mayor Shannon MacInnis on April 10 in conjunction with the monthly town council meeting.
“I’m really happy to have the support of the town,” Worthen said. “We’ve been here 27 years after starting in Stellarton for three years. Trenton has been very supportive of us. We’ve had 30 great years.”
The club is hosting its annual spring card on May 12 at Summer Street in New Glasgow, with seven members of the Albion club included on the card.
“It’s looking really good right now,” Worthen said. “We have all the matches in place. Hopefully, everyone will stay healthy.”
Among the club members is Shauna Fukes, who is slated to face New Brunswick opponent Ashley Joyce.
Matt Fraser, fresh from a national championship, was scheduled to appear on the main event but will be unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.
Fraser is expected to accompany members of Boxing Nova Scotia’s team that will be competing at the same time in Colorado under head coach Wayne Gordon.
Current Albion head coach Al Archibald has been assembling the May card.
So far, other Albion boxers listed also include Ethan Pratt, Curt Dolten, Tyler Stewart, Carson Scholes and Luke Sheehan.
Archibald said he was surprised the town honoured the club last week.
“I thought it was amazing to give the award in the (council) chamber,” he said. “Trenton is a huge help for us. It has given us a great facility, which makes us able to do what we do.”
The club generally trains on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week.
It opens with an hour-long women’s non-combat training session at 6 p.m., while the other boxers train for two hours starting at 7 p.m.
“We have 25 kids there and we just had a Canadian champion from out of there (the previous) week,” Worthen said after accepting the award.
“We certainly appreciate the fact that we have a facility to do that in. Our women’s class is very active and we’re probably one of the most active clubs in the province because of the community support. On behalf of our executive we want to thank the town for that because we couldn’t be there without the support from the community.”
From left: Albion Amateur Boxing Club head coach Al Archibald stands beside Mayor Shannon MacInnis as he presents an appreciation certificate to club president Jim Worthen (Jardine photo)