Albion boxers using tournaments for experience

Christopher Cameron
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Brady MacDonald, right, spars Wednesday night at the Albion Amateur Boxing Club in Trenton with Nova Scotia provincial boxing coach Wayne Gordon and Albion coach Jim Worthen looking on. MacDonald will join three other boxers in St. John’s, N.L., for an interprovincial tournament Jan. 18-20 before travelling to Pittsburgh with Shania MacPhee Feb. 8-10 for an international tournament.

TRENTON – In coming weeks the Albion Amateur Boxing Club will be well represented at an interprovincial competition in St. John’s, N.L., and an international tournament in Pittsburgh, Penn.

From Jan. 18-20 four boxers will represent the club in Newfoundland before two boxers attend the international tournament Feb. 8-10 in Pittsburgh. 

Brady MacDonald is the only boxer attending both events. He said he’s excited to have the opportunity to attend them. Prior to his last bouts he was working on his technique and he said on Wednesday that he has relatively the same focus currently.

“I’m working on throwing straight punches right now,” said MacDonald. “I do that by shadow boxing, which helps me work on that technique. I improved my technique since my last bout, but keep trying to improve and train as hard as I can.”

Angus Butt (78kgs), Joel MacDonald (51kgs) and Ben Elliott (67kgs) are also attending the event in St. John’s. Albion coach Jim Worthen said he’s excited for the athletes.

“I’m proud of them all because this is a great opportunity not only to represent the club or Pictou County, but also to represent the province,” he said. “These are great competitions to improve their experience and I hope they learn a lot.”

MacDonald said his goal is to be in the Golden Gloves tournament in Ontario in July. He also said these tournaments will help him get to that level and learn how hard he has to work.

Shania MacPhee, the second boxer to be attending the event in Pittsburgh, is also hoping to make the Golden Gloves tournament in July. Having never boxed outside of the province she is excited to see and box in a new environment.

“I’ve yet to be out of the province so this is a great opportunity and I’m extremely excited for it,” she said. “I want to use it to work towards the Canadian Golden Gloves and to get better this year.”

At the end of the school year, last year, MacPhee said she realized she wanted to work towards the July tournament. The 16-year-old then made it her focus to improve this year, work hard and be in as many bouts as possible.

“You get better with experience, so I wanted to be in as many bouts as possible and win as many as I could,” said MacPhee. “The important thing was to get the bouts. It wasn’t as important to win, but to do well and to keep improving.”

Building up to the February event in the Pittsburgh she said she won’t change her style any, rather just work harder at what she has already been doing.

Nova Scotia provincial boxing coach Wayne Gordon will be attending both events with the Pictou County boxers. Gordon, who has over 20 years under his belt as the provincial coach, said seeing the kids at the Albion club is a testament that the sport is still growing strong.

“It keeps me motivated to see there are kids still coming along that have goals and aspirations to succeed in the sport,” he said. “We try to nurture them to want to go to nationals, the Olympics and other international events. To get better they need to attend events like we’re going to.”

The Albion Amateur Boxing Club is also looking to hold a card in Pictou County sometime in the near future, but continues to look for a venue after the Michelin Social Club closed last year.

Organizations: Albion Amateur Boxing Club, Michelin Social Club

Geographic location: Pittsburgh, Pictou County, Pittsburgh, Penn. Newfoundland Ontario Nova Scotia

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