Fernie Hosts BC Bronze Gloves

This past Saturday and Sunday Fernie Old School Boxing hosted a B.C. Bronze Gloves boxing tournament at Fernie Secondary School.



By Adam R. MacDonald

 

This past Saturday and Sunday Fernie Old School Boxing hosted a B.C. Bronze Gloves boxing tournament at Fernie Secondary School. The tournament included close to 50 competitors from 12 different boxing clubs across B.C. and Alberta, with athletes from 10 to 30 years old. President and Head Coach of Fernie Old School Boxing and Coaches Rep. on the Board of Governors for Boxing BC, Garth Rizzuto, organized the event. “This is the type of tournament we really like,” said Rizzuto, “It gives a venue for young boxers to come together and test their skills. What makes it beautiful is the fact that we are in the Kootenays, where we can get a mixture of different styles and the boxers get that kind of experience that they need if they want to go on.”

The tournament also brought to town Peggy Maerz, the number one ranked professional boxer in Canada. Maerz, who coaches the Salmon Arm Bulldogs, says her favourite part about working with young people is the smiles and hugs, as well as watching their confidence grow. “When they first come in their shoulders are rounded and they look at their toes, and when they leave their shoulders are full back and their heads are up. I think a lot of coaches do it for that purpose—to build self confidence, to build strong people,” she said.

Rizzuto’s club saw three local boxers competing in the tournament. For two, Riley Strom and Byongwokn (B.) Ko, this was their first official boxing match. “I thought it was a lot of fun,” said Sparwood’s Strom, who has been boxing for less than a year. The third, Robert (Bob) Larsen, the Unit Chief for the Sparwood Ambulance Service, has been boxing for seven years. “The tournament brought a lot of people from town out; that’s exactly what I wanted to see,” said Larsen, after winning his bout against Thistletown’s Travis Peterson.

 

Just Posted

Big turnout to advance polls

On Saturday, general voting will be open to qualified electors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Double loss sends Riders back to drawing board

Despite putting up a good fight against both Revelstoke and Creston, the… Continue reading

Gay minister challenges preconceptions

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Documentary reveals Fernie’s role in WWI internment operations

That Never Happened to screen on 100th anniversary of Morrissey internment camp closure

Environmental monitoring meeting in Elkford tonight

Meeting to focus on environmental monitoring programs at Teck coal mines in the Elk Valley

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

Fernie SAR rescues mountain biker

The man sustained a neck injury while riding Today’s Special, a new trail in Fernie

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Most Read