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Local boxing coach to lead national team

Gordon Apolloni, head coach of Sudbury's Top Glove Boxing Academy, has been named head coach of Canada's male boxing team. The team is headed the World Championships in Milan, Italy, from Aug. 24 to Sept. 12.
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Head coach of Team Canada Gord Apolloni training with local boxer Amber Konikow. File Photo

Gordon Apolloni, head coach of Sudbury's Top Glove Boxing Academy, has been named head coach of Canada's male boxing team. The team is headed the World Championships in Milan, Italy, from Aug. 24 to Sept. 12.

Apolloni said he is excited about this position as it is a new team heading to Milan and it's early enough to make adjustments for the Olympics in 2012.

"This is perfect timing for my appointment. Boxing Canada wants leadership with a strong fist. I have been there before, but the makeup of the team was not consistent with this type of leadership. This team is. I am looking forward to this challenge."

As well, local boxer Justin Bonhomme has been selected to box for Canada at the Francophone Games. The former French colony games will be held in Lebanon later this year.

Apolloni and Bonhomme depart for the World Championship Training Camp Aug. 12. The camp is held in Ottawa where the World Championship team and the Francophone team will train together in preparation for their respective events.

"We have a talented group at this time here at Top Glove Boxing Academy,” said Apolloni. “The boxers train hard every night and it is paying dividends. I would not be surprised if we see a couple more boxers from Sudbury on the national team by February."

To contact Top Glove Boxing Academy, phone 674-2693.




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