Two WRBA boxers win provincial titles
Two members of the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy (WRBA) participated in the 2016 Ontario Bronze Gloves held at the end of February in Toronto and came home as champions.
In the 48-kilogram Novice Division, 13-year-old William Yolcano, a Kitchener native, defeated Josh Day of Hamilton in the final. Yolcano stopped his opponent in the first round to capture his first provincial title.
In the 64-kilogram Open Youth Division, 17-year-old Terrell Piper, an Elmira native, defeated Lance Cretien of Sudbury by way of decision for the gold medal. The win for the Elmira District Secondary School student solidifies him a spot to compete at the 2016 National Championships being hosted in Quebec in March.
WRBA now has three athletes who have qualified to compete at the upcoming National Championships. Joining Terrell Piper will be 17-year-old Tanvir Kahlon (of Kitchener) in the 69-kilogram Youth Division and 15-year-old Katelyn VanDerlaan (from Drumbo) who will be making her first appearance at the Nationals. She’ll be fighting in the 64-kilogram Junior Female Division.
Both Terrell Piper and Tanvir Kahlon are former National Junior Champions.
Woolwich U14 Girls’ Soccer
KSA provided a travel grant to the Woolwich U14 Girls’ Soccer Team to help with the cost of its trip to the Nationals in Newfoundland. A contingent came out to KSA’s Jan. 20 (2016) dinner to thank KSA and give some highlights. (The girls didn’t win the title, but they enjoyed the experience! (Image #4 L-R) KSA President Bill Pegg, Ashlyn Riehl & Tyanna Ventura (players), Chris Riehl (Manager) and Colin Ridge (Assistant Coach).
Girls Can Group
Angela Woods and Marcia Wright have started “Girls Can Group” and are in the process of expanding it for their upcoming second season this spring. The group operates out of the Mill Courtland Community Centre and targets “at risk” girls by offering them the opportunity to train together and do some marathon running. Attendees at KSA’s dinner (Feb. 16, 2016) had lots of questions and suggestions. There appears to be a need for lots of assistance – exactly what and how much are questions that they are working on. Full speed ahead!
Canada Summer Games 2021
Sherry Doiron, Manager Sport Tourism, Sherry provided an update on the status and impact of a possible local bid (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph) for the hosting of the upcoming (2021) Canada Summer Games. Submitting a bid is a “multi-step” process with the preliminary assessments already well underway. The games will involve 19 sports, 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches, 1,000 VIPs, 6,000+ volunteers and, of considerable interest for the local economy… 200,000 spectators. Those interested in helping work on the bid should contact Sherry at sherry@SportTourismOffice.ca (KSA dinner, Feb. 16, 2016).
UPCOMING KSA EVENTS
KSA Scholarship deadline: Noon, Monday April 4, 2016
KSA Scholarship dinner: Tuesday April 19 at the Edelweiss
Athlete of the Year Dinner: Tuesday May 17 at the Edelweiss
For more information, visit www.KitchenerSports.ca
Story submitted by Kitchener Sports Association