Sunday, November 15, 2009
VANCOUVER ISLAND AMATEUR BOXING NEWS
In 1982, in a discussion with former Vancouver Island Amateur Boxing Commissioner HOWARD CURLING,
and the then Island Commissioner RICK BROUGH, we talked about getting all of the clubs working together
in a formal manner by having an Island Newsletter, and revising the Vancouver Island Amateur Boxing
Championships that last took place in 1964 in Victoria.
These issues were discussed at a number of coaches and officials meetings
held in the home of Brough.
At that time there were clubs in Gold River, Campbell River, Parksville,
Nanaimo, Crofton, Ladysmith, and two in Victoria.
Before the end of the year the wheels were in motion
for both the "News" and the "Boxing Tournament".
In 1983, there was a Spring 1983 issue and a Fall 1983 issue.
It not only covered current events, but also had
a Flashbacks section, and a boxing skills section. The Flashbacks
section in the spring included someold fight cards hosted by the
London Boxing Club in 1965. The boxings skills section included the following:
"EFFECTIVE PUNCHING: The B.L.A.S.T Plan" - By Brian Zelley.
The opening editorial began with the words:
"The current members of amateur boxing on Vancouver Island
have a mutual interest to ensure the long term growth and improvement
of our sport. It is the purpose of this newsletter
to be part of this of objective for the future of amateur boxing." - B Zelley
Of importance to the sport of in British Columbia, there was a report on the 1983
"BC Winter Games" boxing activity featuring the Vancouver Island boxers and
coaches that participated.There was also reference to the performance of
island boxers competing in the Canada Games
Gary Wood of Campbell River and Augusto dos Ries of Victoria.