A trio of local boxers will enter the ring against Canada’s best after a strong showing at provincials.
Dylan Clark, Nike Blackmore and Connor Rankin all qualified for the Canadian Boxing Championships in Edmonton after claiming gold at the BC Championships.
A total of nine athletes from the Cranbrook Eagles went to Abbotsford for provincials and everyone brought home a medal.
Clark, Blackmore, Rankin, Dylan Muhlig, Payton Muhlig, Connor Ferrier and Carter Bannick all claimed gold while Kaeden Swanson and Pavel Oler both earned silver medals.
Eagles Youth Coach Bill Watson says they had zero boxers go to provincials only two years ago.
“It shows you that we’ve come a long way in the two years going from zero boxers to nine and next year it’s going to be even bigger.” explains Watson. “We were the most active club at provincials and it’s really good to see from a place like Cranbrook.”
Watson says the growth is a testament to the commitment of every single boxer in the Eagles club.
“It seems to catch on once one boxer starts competing, another one is jumping on board as well and it’s spread throughout the gym where we have several competitive boxers actively competing throughout the year.” says Watson
Watson explains that the Cranbrook Eagles are a very well-respected club within the provincial boxing community.
“We always hear compliments regarding our boxers.” says Watson. “It’s really nice to hear and certainly makes it all worth while.”
Clark, Blackmore and Rankin will compete at the Canadian Boxing Championships in Edmonton from March 26 to April 1.
– Bill Watson, Cranbrook Eagles Youth Coach
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