The Canadian National Boxing Championships,
held on January 21-24, 1999, represented the pinnacle of amateur boxing in Canada. Male and female, boxers from across Canada
participated to determine Canada's National Champions. Boxing began Thursday Night with preliminary bouts and
wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the National Championship Finals. Competitors boxed in 12 weight categories, ranging from Light-Fly to Super Heavy Weight.
The National Champions defend their titles against challengers from across Canada, on the "Road to the
Pan Am Games".
"We are very pleased to help promote this national event held in the National Training Centre, which the province helped establish in the Town’s Trillium Centre in 1997," said Hodgson, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. "These boxing championships attracted thousands of visitors and are an excellent opportunity to showcase the area’s tourism attractions."
Approximately 225 athletes, coaches and officials participated in the championships, organizers estimated 4,500 spectators attended. The National Training Centre has already hosted a number of large boxing events and is the home of Canadian Boxing Coach Gord Apolloni.
The hosting of a National Event requires involvement
from all community levels; corporate sponsors, local, regional and federal government,
community service providers, community contributor and volunteers. Sudbury Area,
S.T.O.P. Volunteers filled key leadership positions at the event. Sudbury Area
S.T.O.P. Volunteers, ran the security for the National Event. The same role the
Sudbury Area S.T.O.P. Volunteers filled at the Canadian Special Olympics 1998
Summer Games, held on July 6 to 11/98 - Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Gord Apolloni, Canadian National Boxing, Head Coach wrote to the Sudbury Area,
S.T.O.P. Volunteers," Support such as yours was a key factor in our
success, and because of that you have our sincere gratitude. The community can
take a lot of pride in the fact that it has people such as yourself, that are
willing to contribute your time and resources to community events".