Friday, February 22, 2013

THE STORY of a Boxing Photo's 39 year journey

THE LONG JOURNEY of a PHOTO: by brian zelley

by Jim Ryan
It was taken for
a story about 
boxing in 
Victoria in 1974.
The story was by
Parry Pitts that 
was published on
November 22, 1974
in a newspaper called
"The Victorian".

(Ian Weir,  Mike Caird, Brian Zelley of Victoria Boxing Club.)
The headline of the Patty Pitts story: "Boxing Back From Ropes".

Patty was a staff writer for the publication and would begin the 
story with the opening:
"After being down on the mat for several years, boxing has sprung back
and is showing a slow but steady climb in Victoria."

Patty then touched on some highlights of the past such as Billy Taylor
winning the 1967 Canadian amateur boxing heavyweight title. Then
went on to describe the sudden and quick decline of boxing.  

Patty then introduces the current folks involved in this great but
gradual comeback in growth and popularity.  The names of the
individuals were Mike Caird, Brian Zelley, Ian Weir and Dan Wright.
She then went on to describe my background in boxing and then 
mentioned how Brian and Dan had revived boxing in Nanaimo with
the formation of the Nanaimo Boxing Club and the success of Jack Snaith
winning a Canadian title in 1973. Then she mentioned how Ian Weir
had come from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Also, mentioned was 
boxer Wayne Crowe.

Had a boxing tournament that we were all looking forward to was the
"BC Festival of Winter Sports" boxing tournament that was expected
to take place in Nanaimo.

The Immediate Effects of the Photo and Story:

The initial benefit of the story was it triggered and interest in boxing
and had directors of the London Boxing Club visiting us to see if 
they could re-sponsor a boxing program and that happened, and 
boxer Wayne Crowe would go on to compete along with the 
Robinson brothers, Wright and Ian Weir.

The long hibernation of the photo and the new beginning:

After the initial benefit of the story and the photo in late 1974,
activity would continue over the many decades but in 2009, 
thirty five years later, the photo would have a new beginning
through the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and was included
on a video presentation for Mike Caird at his induction ceremony 
in 2009.  In 2011, in a display of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame
photos and stories in preparation of the 2011 ceremony would have the
photo displayed along with many others relating to former inductees.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Vancouver Island Boxing Story

Back To Vancouver Ilsland Boxing: by brian zelley

Part of the history
of boxing on 
Vancouver Island.

The objective of 
the link is to give
folks an opportunity
to understand and to
appreciate the history
and the names of the
many that kept it
alive over the years.
From local stars to
International action
they cover lots of
history but that is
only a drop in the
There were many
many folks that
would serve the
sport in various locations such as the Brown family of Gold River, the many
folks such as Howie, Walker, Hunter, Shiels, Wood and Charles John
of Campbell River.

There was the  Nepper family of Nanaimo along with others such as Harry Pollitt,
Skimp Williams, Gerry Sorensen, and many others  including the coaches
and trainers of the Nanaimo Boxing club from Clark MacLellan to Joe Preston.

The Comox, Parksville and Port Alberni moment:

Be it the Comox Boxing Club in the eighties with Lloyd Anderson and Jack Snaith,
the Port Alberni club in the sixties with Jim Hills, Sammy May and others, and
the Parksville Boxing club under the direction of  Art Smith and Brian Sacho.
They all contributed with a cross section of boxers such as:
Paul Dodd, Richard Watts, Bob Scharff, Lee Gibson, Scott Cessford and more.

The Ladysmih and  Crofton Boxing Clubs

There was some good times with the Crofton and Ladysmith clubs
in the eighties with the likes of Alex  Riley and Niel Garda hosting
club shows in Duncan, and boxing official Rick Brough helping with
the formation of the Ladysmith boxing club with boxers like Tony Willis.
But, some may remember the early Sixties with the Ladysmith/Chemainus
team with Nick Lystar one of the coaches and boxers such as
Bruce Bailie, Brian Ordano, Skimp Williams, Terry Eastman and the
Nepper brothers Leon, Jules, Roger and Gilles before the formation of
the Newcastle Boxing club in 1963 that saw the likes of Mike Lazare,
Ted and Chris Balatti, Ken Stant, Murray Glover, Tony James, 
Rick Johnson, Bob Lewis and many others.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

PALVIR ATWAL "Vancouver Beacon" story

A Palvir Atwal story:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A tribute to coach JIM HOWIE



JIM HOWIE, founding coach of the  CAMPBELL RIVER EAGLES  is one of 30 
nominees for the 2013 selection process for the 




Brian Zelley:
* Beyond our ring wars, training and coaching and officiating
many of us have some positive memories of Jim Howie for his
dedication to the sport,  Looking back to the Seventies and
eighties I remember Jim  from the times I was their with a 
group of folks from Victoria being an active part of the his club.
But, my involvement on a regular basis was limited, and there are
plenty that remember him well.

In was a club show on October 29, 1983 which I was able to 
report on in the December 1983 issue of the 
"BC Amateur Boxing News".  And, highlighted on page five
was the Coaching staff of the Eagles including 
Jim Howie, Charles John and George Shiels.  Also mentioned
were Bernie Brisch, Bill Donnelly,  Dr. Wayne Crowe and
George Anderson. 


*****  One thread on the Jim Howie boxing tapestry *****

In February 2013, the late Jim Howie was selected as an inductee
of the BCABHOF due in part to the support that was shown by alumni of the
Campbell River Eagles Boxing Club.