Albion club gets BNS awards

Published on May 18, 2017

Albion Amateur Boxing Club coach Al Archibald works with Shauna Fukes at the Trenton club.

TRENTON – Al Archibald and Norma Marshall have won illustrious provincial awards in the sport of boxing.

Archibald has been named Boxing Nova Scotia’s Volunteer of the Year, while the 25-year-old Marshall nabbed Female Boxer of the Year honours, BNS recently announced.

Albion Amateur Boxing Club president Worthen said Archibald puts in as many as 20 hours per week volunteering at the club, along with the time he devotes to the fighters when they go on road trips for cards at venues around Atlantic Canada.

“He’s very deserving of the award,” Worthen said.

Archibald, who at one time trained and fought under former coach Barry Sponagle, returned to the sport about seven years ago when he started out as an assistant and got bitten by the coaching bug. He was named head coach at the start of 2015 to replace Worthen, who stayed on as club president.

“I’m super-honoured,” Archibald said.

“There’s a lot of volunteers in Nova Scotia that could win that award, so it’s a great honour.”

Originally trained by Worthen at the Albion club, Marshall was a Canadian champion four times as a teen, left the sport for a few years but returned in 2015. Since then, she has a bronze and a silver medal at nationals – both times, she lost to the eventual national champion – as a result of her work with Archibald.

“She sets a high standard for female boxing, not only for our club but in Nova Scotia,” Worthen said.