Youth and experience is the balance that brings together the seven boxers who have been selected to represent Boxing Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland this July.
Among the group, Olympian Custio Clayton in the 69-kilogram, two-time World Champion 75kg Ariane Fortin, Pan American champion 51 kg Mandy Bujold, Pan American bronze medalist 81kg Brody Blair and 91kg Samir El Mais, bronze medalist at the 2013 Continental Championships in Chile.
The other two boxers are 60 kg David Gauthier, 2013 national champion and 64 kg Arthur Biyarslanov, the youngest of the group, two-time Canadian Youth National Champion and the 2013 Canadian Bronze Medalist.
The highlight of the Games will be the debut of the women’s boxing in the three Olympic weight divisions that were introduced in London 2012.
“I am in excellent form, and ready to compete with the strongest boxers,” said Fortin who brought home a silver medal from the Feliks Stam tournament in Warsaw this past April and gave an amazing performance in Regina on May 23 winning 3-0 to Lauren Price, Wales champion, who will also be in Glasgow.
“My goal is to win Gold, I’ve been training for it,” said resolute, 30 year old Fortin.
All photos via Boxing Canada.