(note this has been prepared by brian zelley, but it is through the efforts of many folks including past and present members of the BC amateur Boxing Hall of Fame, members of the Ontario amateur Boxing Hall of Fame, members of the various committees, and members of the support group for a Canadian amateur Boxing Wall of Fame and History and through the communications with some of the inductees) The women in boxing builders: *** Alison Arsenault *** Ginnie Brown *** *** Marg O'Reilly *** Rosemary Page ***
THE CANADIAN AMATEUR BOXING WALL OF FAME
This wall of fame is an attempt to recognize the many folks that have been
involved in the sport of amateur boxing in Canada over many decades. It includes
boxers and builders that were engaged prior to the formation of the
Canadian Amateur Boxing Association (Boxing Canada) in 1969
and the many that have been a part of Boxing Canada and the
various Provincial organizations and in some cases folks involved in
the sport that may be connected to associations and groups that are not
sanctioned by Boxing Canada and the Provincial organizations.
The Four Region:
To ensure a fair representation across Canada, the process has been divided into
four regions including Western Canada comprised of British Columbia,
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba then Ontario, Quebec and
For British Columbia the names primarily were selected from the
list of inductees of the British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame
and the Ontario selection came from the lists of inductees and nominees
from the Ontario Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. For Quebec and the Maritimes
the names were entered from the regional support sites.
ASIF DAR BILL ARSENAULT BILLY IRWIN
BRYAN GIBSON CAMILLE HUARD CHRIS CLARKE
CHRIS JOHNSON DALE BROWN DAVE HILTON Sr. DICK FINDLAY
DOMENIC FIGLIOMENI DONATO PADUANO
ED BLANCHARD EGERTON MARCUS FRANK SCOTT FREDDY FULLER GABY MANCINI HAROLD MANN IAN CLYDE
JEAN PASCAL JEAN-FRANCOIS BERGERON JERRY SHEARS JOE SANDULO JOHN KAHLBHENN KAI YIP KIRK JOHNSON LENNOX LEWIS MARC LEDUC MARK ADAMS MARTY O'DONNELL MICHAEL STRANGE PAT O'REILLY PAUL COLLETTE PETER BRITT RAY DOWNEY RICKEY ANDERSON ROGER ADOLPH SCOTT MACINTOSH SCOTTY OLSON SHAWN O'SULLIVAN STEPHEN NOLAN TAYLOR GORDON VERNON LINKLATER WALTER HENRY WAYNE GORDON WESLEY SUNSHINE WILLIE DEWITT YVES ULYSSES jr. ALISON ARSENAULT GINNIE BROWN MARG O'REILLY ROSEMARY PAGE
part of the boxing scene of British Columbia and over the years, up to the early 2000 to 2009 period, he had been recognized by many as being a caring and excellent boxing coach and the teacher of life skills to his many boxers. As expected, Wally had earned his share of awards and recognition along with the boxers of 2 Rivers in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.
The New Beginning - 2009
Through the desire of former boxers and trainees of the club,
a new journey would begin for Wally with the revival of 2 Rivers
in 2009 thus beginning a fresh new journey along with past boxers
and a new family of new trainees that would start their own
boxing journey with the help of Wally and the dedicated and
caring members of the club.
The Next Bend In The Road
Beyond today, the next stop along the boxing highway will be
the hosting of a boxing card in a few days at the Bouchie Lake Hall.
Back To The Beginning Years of 2 Rivers
*This part of the story will take us back in time pre-2009 through the records and the golden memories of those that were there for the journey that would
change all of their lives forever. *Part of any great coach and club is the time and effort of hosting a major Provincial tournament. Over the years in the early years in after the start of the new beginning, Wally and 2 Rivers would host many a tournament from Bronze Gloves, to Silver Gloves and Buckskin Gloves. But, their basic contribution was those many club shows that were well appreciated by fans, friends, officials and through the voices of other boxing clubs scattered throughout the Province.
Victory at the end of the match:
BC Team In the calm before the storm:
The Here and Now between 2009 to 2012
This part of the story looks an the New Beginning and the journey
from the revival to the December 2012 boxing show, The Coach in Action: In The Gym - Wally shows them the way:
In The Dressing Room Drama - demonstrating a move or two
In The Ring: Between Rounds
At the tournament between the bouts:
From The Treasure Chest Of Golden Memories
This part of the story is an opportunity for the many to reach back
to their own treasure chest of golden memories with a focus on
the role Wally Doern has played in their boxing journey and life skills. FROM THE WORDS OF A FORMER PRESIDENT OF BOXING BC and BOXING CANADA:
BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME:
Round One of the Hall of Fame Journey - the 2013 Nominees:
Wally Doern is one of 29
listed nominees for 2013
There are no guarantees
that he will be picked.
In the Builders category
there are some quality names: Boyd Bayne Dick St. Louis Ed Williams George Nepper Ian Gibson Jim Gallagher Jim Howie Ralph Galloway Ron Whalley Stan Smith Todd Alain Vic Murdoch Wally Doern
friends of 2 Rivers boxing past and present.
BEYOND THE SELECTION PROCESS:
*** THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE BOXING STORY AND JOURNEY OF 2013 INDUCTEE *** WALLY DOERN, a worthy Builder of Amateur Boxing, and a worthy inductee in 2013 of our own BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME.