Tuesday, February 16, 2010
1969 A New Beginning
1969 A NEW BEGINNING : By Brian W. Zelley, B. Com, C A
As the excitement of the 1968 Olympic Games faded with the likes of DICK FINDLAY, WALTER HENRY an DONATO PADUANO
there would be a new beginning in Canadian boxing with the formation of the CANADIAN AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION
and a team led by the likes of JERRY SHEARS.
When it was time to carve the names of the new champions on the wall, one champion from 1968 was still standing
- WALTER HENRY was his name. Then there would be other young ones like NEIL AUSTIN that would carry the torch forward into the SEVENTIES sand others like PAT O'REILLY that showed promise in 1968 tournaments such as the combined
1968 BC Diamond Belt Tournament and BC Olympic Trials and another name of note was the SUMMERHAYES name.
Not to be forgtten is KEN HICKS (not Hick).
So 1969 was like a bridge that crossed between two eras of amateur boxing and would open the door for a parade of stars
in the Seventies with the ultimate warrior of the Seventies being IAN CLYDE who would serve as the bridge builder into the dawn of the Eighties.