Thursday, March 17, 2011

BC AMATEUR BOXING HISTORY

BC AMATEUR BOXING HISTORY

LENNIE WALTERS - BC BOXING LEGEND

                   Lennie Jr. and Lennie Walters
                     (Photo courtesy of Dale Walters)


THE LENNIE WALTERS BOXING STORY: BY  brian zelley


INTRODUCTION

Lennie Walters was an amateur and professional boxer.
He is an inductee of  the BURNABY SPORTS HALL
OF FAME and the BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME.

Len was also a member of the Canadian Boxing Teams
for the 1950 BRITISH EMPIRE GAMES and in 1952
the OLYMPIC GAMES.

Walters is a former boxing coach and was an
Honorary life member of BOXING BC -
British Columbia Amateur Boxing Association.

AMATEUR BOXING -  LENNIE THE BOXER

PROFESSIONAL BOXING

COACH WALTERS - BURNABY BOXING CLUB
            ( a sample of some of the 1973  Burnaby boxers)

ACHIEVEMENTS and AWARDS -  Two Key Ones
.Inductee,  British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame
.Inductee, Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame

BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame

Lennie Walters, all-rounder 2011


Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 NOMINATIONS - as of March 13th.


 MARCH 13, 2011 - NOMINEES  TO-DATE
(Revised to APRIL 20 th. yo 24)

                        Tommy Paonessa - Lindy Lindmoser
                               Dave Wylie  -  Alan Brown
BOXERS:
Alan Brown *, Dave Wylie, Jamie Ollenberger,  Les Hamilton, 
Lindy Lindmoser, Matt O'Brien,  Willy Curry, Derrick Hoyt
* Junior/Youth Category
BUILDERS:
Bob Decker, Charles John, George Angelomatis, 
 George Shiels, Stan Smith, 
Terry Cooke,  Wally Doern, 
PIONEERS or MULTI-LEVEL
Lennie Waters - Tommy Paonessa 
                                  LENNIE WALTERS
                                     Stan Smith presemts Harold Mann Award
                                          to Tommy Paonessa

CLUBS, FAMILIES, TEAMS, TOURNAMENTS


Campbell River Eagles, East Vancouver Optimists,
South Hill - Firefighters, The Boyce Family
-1970 BC Senior in 1970 Nationals
.1967 Shrine Invitational Diamond Belt Tournament
(Note - deadline for other nominations - June 30 th.)
(Final number or categories will be decded by Administrators)
comments or suggestion open to all including honorary directors.




STANLEY F. SMITH: By Brian Zelley

In reviewing the history of amateur boxing, for many many decades
one name that can be connected to the "GO TO" tag is the one they
call Stanley F. Smith or to many "Stan the Man".

When it comes time to recognize others, or support others for an award
"who are you gong to call".  Well in Greater Vancouver and the
Lower Mainland. the first name on the call list would be "Stan the Man"
to get things done.   From those early years at the East Vancouver Optimists
boxing club at the Fraserview Boy's Club to his involvement at the 1984
Junior Nationals and Olympic box-offs, it was always Stan that would be
 in the front of another work detail, and during his days with the
 AAU of Canada or the British Columbia Amateur Boxing Association,
Stan was always ready to supply a letter to support someone else
get recognition or an award.

Recent Nomination - DERRICK HOYT, The Pride of Cranbrook.

JAMIE OLLENBERGER


Wally Doern - coach - 2 Rivers Boxing Club 

LES HAMILTON - 1972 Canadian Olympic boxer

VANCOUVER ISLAND BOXING - Topix

VANCOUVER ISLAND BOXING - Topix

it start with the Campbell River Eagles Boxing Club
and touches on the two other long lasting clubs -
the Nanaimo Boxing Club and the 
Comox Valley Boxing Club.

The link above takes us to eight stories  which have not been
widely promoted

Sunday, March 13, 2011

BC BOXING - HALL of FAME

                                (six of the core group of 15 in 2010)
                    Freddie Fuller - Edie Haddad - Frank Scott
                  Dale Walters - Dick Findlay - Fred Desrosiers
BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING  

2011 BCABHOF NOMINATIONS


Junior/ Youth Boxer - ALAN BROWN


Boxers
DAVE WYLIE - JAMIE OLLENBERGER - LES HAMILTON
LINDY LINDMOSER - MATT O'BRIEN - WILLY CURRY
DERRICK HOYT -


Builders
Charles John - George Angelomatis - George Shiels
 - Stan Smith - Terry Cooke - Wally Doern


All Rounder  -LENNIE WALTERS


Pioneer -  TOMMY PAONESSA


Other - Clubs/Families/Events/Teams
The Boyce Family -  Campbell River Eagles -  East Vancouver 
Optimists  -  South Hill/Firefighters -  1970 BC Team
1967 Shrine Invitational Diamond Belt Championships.
(updated - April 16th.)


the results: 2011













Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nanaimo Boxing - 40 years - September 2011

THE NANAIMO BOXING CLUB STORY
One of the many boxer in his year of glory - 2009
Nanaimo boxer to fight in Caribbean
a piece about STEFAN MELIDEO.

NANAIMO BOXING CLUB (1971 - 2011)
-  September will mark the 40th. official anniversary.

NANAIMO ALUMNI - BOXERS 
(sample of names only, as many trainees were not that active)
- Barry Creswell - Bob Jameson - Bob Pegues
Bob Walsh - Brian Zelley - Britton Gillette - Barry Neufield 
Chris Rathy - Clark MacLellan - Dan Wright - Dave Alton
Darren Lussier - Cody Redford  - Don Preston - Don Williams - Jack Snaith  
John Navaroli - John Ormandy - Kevin Jolly -  Kevin Long - Lee Campbell
 - Lloyd Anderson - Lyle Jack - Malcolm Eldridge
Mark Barr - Mark Guttenberg - Mickey Griffin
Mike Murray - Norm Greenwell - Ralph Torrie - Rob Argyle
Rick Davidson - Ron Williams - Stefan Melideo
Steve Venuti - Stu Springett - Takashi Sasagawa -
 Wade Marling -Wayne Peace - Zach McKay -
others: kelly gourlay,   dwayne evenson, dave houliston,  doug english,  
robbie wentland, 


(there are others including some of the active members and some
of the trainees that did not compete)
FOUNDERS - Brian Zelley - Dan Wright - assisted by John Ormandy
and George Nepper. Some of the past and present coaches/trainers -
Brian Zelley, Dan Wright,  Clark MacLellan,
 and current head coach Barry Creswell. 
In 1976 Nanaimo boxer Mickey Griffin assisted in coaching;
Long time supporters of the club were Dorothy and Sid Runacres.

The Foundation for the Nanaimo Boxing Club was the Newcastle Boxing Club
* the club was founded by George Nepper in September 1963.
Prior to the formation of the club, George would trave on a 
regular basis to Chemainus/Ladysmith with the local boxers
to train with the likes of Skimp Williams, Danny Daniels and
many others including Terry Eastman.  The initial folks to help
with the coaching in 1963 would be Harry Pollitt and Skimp Williams.
Some of the early boxers in Nanaimo were the Nepper brothers
Gilles, Jules, Leon and Roger, the Balatti brothers  Chris and Ted,
Brian Zelley, Leo Rock and Mike Lazare, but many others would follow. 
The first fight card would be  January 1964 in Victoria, and the first
boxer to step into the ring for Nanaimo was Roger Nepper.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

THE GORDIE LAWSON BOXING STORY - FINDING THE GOLDEN KEY

(Photo courtesy of Gordie Lawson)

THE GORDIE LAWSON BOXING STORY: By Brian Zelley

Introduction
With permission of former amateur and professional boxer, 
I am writing a short story on the boxing story of Gordie.
Of interest, long after his journey along the twisting
turning boxing highway, there would be another 
journey and that we have called finding the
GOLDEN KEY to unlock the  treasure chest
to find his daughter. 

I first met Gordie during the 1967/1968 boxing season
while we were both members of the Vancouver
Firefighters Boxing Club training under coaches
Bert Lowes and Pat West along with some
outstanding boxers and some young novices. 

THE BOXING STORY  


                  Gordie Lawson      -     Brian Zelley

Long after the bright lights of the boxing ring
had faded to black, it would be boxing that
would be the source of the Golden Key.

THE BOXING JOURNEY BEGINS in 1967
 - The Vancouver Firefighters Boxing Club-

The beginning of the Gordie Lawson boxing story
takes place in September 1967 when he joined
the Vancouver Firefighters Boxing Club that
was located in the heart of the area known as
"Little Italy" and the training facility was
located on Adanac in East Vancouver.  But,
early in the new year, the club would change
locations to the Cambie and 12th. area in
a basement area of an old church within
walking distance of the Vancouver City Hall.

For the open senior boxers it would be an 
important year for a shot of making the 
1968 Olympic Games.  Some of the 
open senior boxers were:
Fred Fuller, Nicky MacDonald,  
Frank Scott, Dave Wylie and Brian Zelley 

THE 1968 SILVER GLOVES 
 TOURNAMENT JOURNEY BEGINS
sadly CHUCK ROBINSON would die with other members
of the 1980 USA Olympic Boxing Team when their plane
crashed and exploded in Poland.  

From 1968 throughout the Seventies Gordie
would be involved in numerous club shows
and tournaments including a Team Canada
Scandinavian Tournament in 1971.


                              (photo courtesy of Gordie Lawson)
Other one time Firefighters were Steve Tohill and Bert Lowes


The Scandinavian tournament saw action in various 
countries, but before the trip the Canadian boxers
would face a team of USA boxers.  Gordie
summarizes the tournament and touches on
a pre-Olympic tournament:
                  (memories from Gordie about the 1971 action)

GOLDEN MOMENTS IN THE GOLDEN GLOVES
Gordie was involved in numerous Golden Gloves tournaments in 
the Pacific Northwest and one of his best performances was the 
 1975 BC Golden Gloves in Vancouver.
     From Saddo Boxing site re. Golden Gloves activity

BACK IN BRITISH COLUMBIA FOR THE FESTIVAL: 

Elsewhere there was that British Columbia Festival of Sports
Winter Boxing Tournament in Prince George.  In that show
Gordie faced the experienced Chester Douglas in the finals.
One measure of praise came from a former South Hill boxer
and the coach of the Prince George Spruce Capital Boxing
Club.  Harold would call Gordie a "Slam Bang Body Puncher"
- HAROLD MANN,  member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame

CLUB SHOWS:
During the time period between 1968 and 1980, Gordie would
participate in his share of club shows hosted by various clubs
from Victoria to Vancouver and other places.  

One early example is a November 1969 All Star Show:

In the 1969 fight card in Vancouver
GORDIE LAWSON
(Firefighters Boxing Club)  
win over
GERALD (Tubby) BOYCE
(Astotia Boxing Club)


More Amateur Moments by Gordie Lawson 

Gordie's last major tournament would be the 1980 
BC Golden Gloves.  A short time later in 1980 Lawson
would hit the pro circuit running.

GORDIE LAWSON - Professional Boxer (1980 - 1983)
In his first four bouts in various Pacific Northwest places
Gordie would earn victories.  Then in his fifth fight, he 
would reach for the stars with a bout in New Zealand
against a country star by the name of MONTY BETHAM. 
Before Gordie, Betham  had fought in the light-heavyweight
division but came in  as a middleweight.

Gordie did not win the bout but gained much respect from the
boxing crowd in New Zealand and back in Canada.  But, 
in the Pacific Northwest, Gordie was well respected as a boxer
and a good guy. The words by David Ius that Gordie had
 "the heart of a lion" can be  validated with his New Zealand
 bout with dual champion MONTY BETHAM.

Of interest , one of the bouts took place in Eastern Europe
and received some coverage in a book titled "Flesh and Blood"
- A journery into the heart of boxing.  At that time, Gordie
and trainer Jimmy Johnston took a quick trip east from 
Vancouver to Europe.

 AFTER THE BRIGHT  LIGHTS OF THE RING &
THE ROAR OF  THE CROWD FADED TO BLACK
                     - a new journey begins-

Gordie continued to have pro bouts until 1983 and would
never hit the jackpot with a world title fight and earn that
pot of gold.  But, it wasn't Gold Medals and Pots of Gold
that GORDIE LAWSON was searching for.  It was the 
"Golden Key" that would unlock the mystery of his lost
daughter.  Life is strange, due to a number of circumstances, 
such as age and other issues, he would never see his daughter
from the time of her birth in 1970.  Difficult to say how
the events in 1970, would effect his boxing journey, but
it may have been the motivation to be a journeyman
globe trotting boxer fighting in the many different towns
in his amateur and professional trip.  Even after the lights
went out on his boxing journey in 1983, he went from the
"heart of a lion" to the "restless tiger" always searching in 
his mind.  And, when he moved to a Northern town, he 
would get involved in amateur boxing as a coach in the
 early Nineties.

Now, if he would of stayed a boxing coach in British Columbia
and kept his membership in BOXING BC, his search and 
likely his daughters search would have been resolved long
ago, or no later than 2008.  But, in the Nineties, the 
NORTHERN BC WINTER GAMES SOCIETY did not
want boxing in the Games, for whatever reason, we will
never know.  It killed boxing in the remote town, and killed
the thread that would have been the key to the solving 
the mystery of  the lost daughter and the lost boxer.   


GOLDEN MEMORIES

Some of Gordie's Boxing Memories:




DAVID IUS - former boxer with the North West Eagles
and son of the top coaches Elio Ius:



FINDING THE GOLDEN KEY  - THE MAIN EVENT OF LIFE

MONIQUE's SEARCH FOR THE LOST BOXER

In the year 2000,  Monique would begin her journey to find her 
birth father, but it would take eight long years before she would
find a key to unlock the door to the mystery.   From various 
records she was able to find a name and  some 
reference to Golden Gloves.  Not being sure of the real
meaning of Golden Gloves, she searched high and low
that would reveal a trace of the name Gordie and his
Golden Gloves.  

Then it happened, Monique did not find Gordie's
Golden Gloves, but she found the 'golden key' 
This opening line on a boxing forum site would turn out to be 
the Golden Key.  After  a few communications  between 
Monique and I, she left her e-mail address of the site and 
I set-up a new topic with the name of Gordie. 
There was no expectation but plenty of hope.

Despite eight long years, it would be another two 
years and five months before Gordie would find the 
Golden Key.  For Monique, it came as a surprise
to one day receive an e-mail with the Lawson name
and a telephone name.  If the past ten plus years
were painful, the receipt of the e-mail would create
 a flood of emotions rushing   through her mind.  
And,  the fear of uncertainty and the fear of rejection.
But,  that is not the reception that she received. 
It was beyond awesome, it was  complete joy.  
And, for the daughter with the determination,
the unknown disappeared in a flash.

THE LAST MILE OF THE JOURNEY
TO FIND THE GOLDEN KEY:

(a personal part of any story is best left to to the person)

GORDIE'S LAST ROUND - 



 THE FINISH LINE 

For the boxer, who could have guessed in their
wildest dreams, that it would be boxing that would
uncover his hopes, wishes and dreams.  What he found
in that moment was not gold medals or boxing titles, 
but the "golden key"and his tears would wash away
the pain of 40 years of uncertainty and loss:


A 2013 UPDATE: BC AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME







Back To the Beginnig
of this two year period
"the symbolic golden key"


The above November 2008 post was the beginning
of the search for the golden key
and this post is the end of two years and six months
into the deep black unkown of fear, guilt, sorrow and pain.
 
Added video July 2014
 
   

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SOUTH HILL and FIREFIGHTERS BOXING LEGACY

SOUTH HILL - FIREFIGHTERS BOXING: by brian zelley

INTRODUCTION
Part of the story of amateur boxing in British Columbia is the
legacy of the combined South Hill and the Firefighters Boxing
Clubs operated by  BERT LOWES and PAT WEST with
a few other trainers and coaches assisting to craft the legend.
                           BERT LOWES - Coach
          South Hill  and Firefighters Boxing Clubs
     One of seven boxing folk in the BC Sports Hall of Fame

As we reach into the boxing treasure chests of the two clubs,
there are a 1,000 or more stories of the coaches, the boxers,
the club shows, tournaments, the gyms and the travels.
JIMMY WALTERS - Multi-term champion and one of
the core group of 15 inductees in 2010 into the 
British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame along with:
Harold Mann, Dick Findlay, Freddy Fuller and Frank Scott.
HAROLD MANN - Multi-term champion - Gold Medal 1962 
British Empire / Commonwealth Games, Inductee in the
British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, the Prince George
Sports Hall of Fame and the BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame.
Also, served as a coach for the Spruce Capital Boxing Club in
Prince George and served as a Team BC Coach.
DICK FINDLAY - A star boxer of the Sixties.  Two time 
BC Golden Boy and a Golden Boy runner-up, winner of
numerous competitions and a member of the 1967
Canadian Pan Am Games team and the 1968
Canadian Olympic team.  Also, a core member
 and honorary director of the BC Amateur Boxing
Hall of Fame.  Dick also has served as an official
and a volunteer with Boxing BC.

FREDDY FULLER -  A long time star of BC Amateur Boxing
with numerous titles and awards.  Member of various boxing
clubs but a valued member of the Firefighters Boxing Club.
Was a champion in the 1968 Pacific Northwest AAU
championships/Seattle Golden Gloves and the 1965
BC Golden Boy.  Also, one of the most popular Canadian 
boxers to appear in Washington State boxing tournaments. 
Was a team member of  - Dick Findlay and Frank Scott
in the 1967 Pan Am Games and was a member of the 1970
Canadian Commonwealth Games team.
Freddy is also a core member inductee and an
 honorary director of the  BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame.

FRANK SCOTT - A former member of the Burnaby Boxing Club
and valued member of the Firefighters Boxing Club.  Frank was
another outstanding boxer with International standing earning
a Bronze medal in the 1966 Commonwealth Games and 
Following his active  boxing, he became the founder and
head coach of the Queensborough Boxing Club in 
New Westminster and thus passing his excellence to a
new generation of young boxers.  Frank is also an
inductee of the Canadian amateur Boxing Hall of Fame
and the BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame.

BRIAN ZELLEY - former Nanaimo boxer joined the
Firefighters Club and engaged in numerous tournaments
and club shows.  Also a co-founder of the Nanaimo 
Boxing Club in 1971 and involved with the revival
of boxing in Victoria in 1974.  Also served as a 
director with Boxing BC and served as an interim
chairman of the Boxing Committee for the 1994
 Commonwealth Games in 1991  Currently and one of 
the administrators of the BC Boxing Hall of  Fame.

Look through the tapestry of the BC GOLDEN GLOVES
and you will see many threads relating to the alumni of the
clubs.  Look through stories of JIMMY WALTERS,
 HAROLD MANN, DICK FINDLAY, FREDDY FULLER,
FRANKIE SCOTT, DAVE WYLIE, and GORDIE LAWSON
and we see traces of the South Hill - Firefighters legacy
painted on the wall.  Then take another look and see those
such as KALMAN SANTOSI, LINDY LINDMOSER,
LLOYD DUPAS, WINNIE SCHELT, BILL ADAMS,
BOB GINETTI,  PADDY CLARK, JIMMY MACMILLAN, 
STEVE TOHILL, DEL DEUGAU,  JOHN GAMBLE       
and  others - it paints  a glowing picture of amateur boxing.

PAT WEST - BERT LOWES

A NEW DECADE - SIZZLING SIXTIES
1960 BC GOLDEN GLOVES
South Hill Champions
Winnie Schelt - Bill Adams - Bob Ginetti
Lindy Lindmoser - Paddy Clark
  
DAVE WYLIE  - 1967 DIAMOND BOY

1967 BC GOLDEN GLOVES - FIREFIGHTERS


A JANUARY 1968 FIREFIGHTERS BOXING CARD

An important boxing card  hosted by the Fire Fighters took
place on January 5, 1968 in Vancouver but the key objective
was to assist in the selection of the BC Team for the
1968 Tacoma Golden Gloves which would kick-off
the tournaments in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

Firefighters in the first 7 bouts were John Gamble,
Alf Cool, Danny Gontes, Eddie Ostapovich, 
Nicky MacDonald, Jake Wiebe and John Carr.
The top four bouts in-order featured
Brian Zelley, Frank Scott, Freddy Fuller, Dave Wylie 

A sample of the open class opponents were
Brian Gray, Jim Dixon, Chester Douglas,
Dave Allerdice, Ron McEcherin, Derek Austin
Ken Henderson, Pat O'Reilly Jr., Les Vegas

Coaches in attendance were
Len Barker, Jack Lucas, Walter Austin, Earl Thompson,
John Wylie, Elio Ius, Terry Cooke,
Pat O'Reilly, Bert Lowes, Pat West.

Continuity and Gloving - Timekeepers
Tommy Yule, Henry Wolfe, Bob Smith
Bill Cowie and Barney Deslauriers
Garry Wallace and Geo. Metkovich

CON ETHIER  KEY VOLUNTEER

BCABA BOARD
Len Robertson - Dave Brown - Ron Hollard
Stan Smith - George Sargen

A PERSONAL TOUCH
For a moment in time, I was a member of the Firefighters.
Three of the former members of the club would be part of
 another legacy - DAN WRIGHT and BRIAN ZELLEY
would be the co-founders of the NANAIMO BOXING CLUB
in 1971 and in 1973 JACK SNAITH would be the first Nanaimo
Canadian champion.  Part of the Nanaimo legacy
can be traced to the FIREFIGHTERS, Lowes and West
and every boxer that trained with the club.
                                 Dan Wright - Brian Zelley in 2010

POST 1968 -  coach PAT WEST retired and his place was filled by
former boxing star Lindy Lindmoser and others.  By 1970, two of
 the key boxers were JOHN GAMBLE and GORDIE LAWSON
 also FREDDY FULLER would be in the game for 1970 
while FRANKIE SCOTT formed a club in New West. 
called the Queensborough Boxing Club.

However, in the Seventies coach Bert Lowes  would  primarily
focus on Officiating - refereeing & judging and hosting clinics

                                     LINDY LINDMOSER
            Best known on an International basis for fighting Cassius Clay
                                   now known as Muhammad Ali
                                     1957 USA National 
                            Light-heavyweight Champion

1967/1968 A YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
 There were also other young boxers that would be part of
 the club such as Gordie Lawson and Jack Snaith. 
 Gordie made and impression when he entered the
 1968 Silver Gloves in Richmond.  but that was nothing 
like his performance in the 1975 BC Golden Gloves.
He scored the only knockout that left his opponent
on the deck for over a minute.

The Firefighters of March 1968 :
SCOTT  -  MACDONALD - FULLER - ZELLEY- GAMBLE

1968 OREGON GOLDEN GLOVES - Portland

Three Firefighters in the finals were - 
SCOTT - ZELLEY - JAKE WIEBE
Other BC boxers in the finals were
Earl McLeay, Dick Findlay, Wayne Boyce,
 and Pat O'Reilly.  Former Firefighter Findlay was
competing for the East Vancouver Optimists club.

1968 BC GOLDEN GLOVES

At the end of the tournament, the trio of Lennie Walters,
Bill Dickinson and Don Bullough had the task of
selecting  - GOLDEN BOY  - GOLDEN BOY RUNNER-UP
Runner-up was former Firefighter DICK FINDLAY and
GOLDEN BOY was Portland├Ęs own RAY LAMPKIN.

Firefighters in semi-finals and or finals
Frankie Scott - Brian Zelley - John Carr
Dave Codville - Ted Kellenger  - Nicky MacDonald
1968 SEATTLE GOLDEN GLOVES 
- PNW AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS-
 Of the 19 BC Team, the Firefighters were:
 Zelley, Gontes, Wylie, Scott, Fuller, Carr,  Sinitsin, and MacDonald.

STARS OF THE SEVENTIES:
Other one time Firefighters  in the Seventies:
Steve Tohill, Freddy Fuller, Frank Scott, John Gamble and others.

JOHN GAMBLE reported as a Scientific Boxer, but 
lost a decision to  FRANK SCOTT (former Firefighter) 
but now in New Westminster.  

1970 BC AMATEUR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Firefighters in action:
Larry Sinitsin, Gordie Lawson,John Gamble,
Tommy MacDonald, Steve Tohill. Dave Wylie

1970 CANADIAN CHAMPIONS 
A Team Photo including Frank Scott and Freddy Fuller

1968 OLYMPIC GAMES
 Donato Paduano and former Firefighter's Dick Findlay
preparing for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

                           -DIRECTORY -
          THE PARADE OF BOXERS and COACHES
        Vancouver, British Columbia
      South Hill - Firefighters Boxing
Alf Cool - Bert Lowes - Bill Adams - Bob Ginetti - Bobv Lohvin 
Brian Zelley - Butch O'Gurien - Colin Coleridge - Dan Wright 
Danny Crawford - Danny Gontes - Dave Wylie - Del Deugau 
Dick Coulson - Dick Findlay - Eddie Ostapovich - Frank Scott
Freddy Fuller - Fritz Breismeiser - Gordie Lawson - Harold Mann
Jack Snaith - Jake Wiebe -  Jimmy Walters - John Cowan 
John Gamble - Kalman Santosi - Ken MacDonald - Larry Sinitsin
Lindy Lindmoser - Lloyd Dupas - Nick MacDonald - Paddy Clark
Pat West-Pete Key-Sandy Lorenzen-Steve Tohill-Winnie Schelt  
Dave Codville  - Jimmy MacMillan - Terry Eastman - Roger Adolph
     Ted Kellenger   - Tommy MacDonald -  Phil Ethier  - Kai Yip
(note - these are not all of the boxers that fought for the clubs, but they
represent many of the known boxes - other names will be added if possible)


                          Roger Adolph - South Hill boxer

ONCE WE WERE YOUNG AND WARRIORS
("It all fades so quickly, like a sunny summers day" - Phil Ochs)
- Training in the dusty old gyms and touching gloves under
the bright lights. But, soon the lights fade to black and we move
in a hundred different directions looking for the answers or searching
for some lost or hidden treasure with no guarantees of success.




                              GORDIE LAWSON -  DAVE WYLIE
                         LINDY LINDMOSER - BRIAN ZELLEY

                                               1970