Sunday, January 27, 2013

THE JACK SNAITH BOXING JOURNEY

THE JACK SNAITH STORY: by Brian W. Zelley

This story has been  authorized by Jack Snaith, and prepared with the help of Jack
and other.  
 (Ten of the many that shared parts of the story along the way *** Mickey Griffin, Roy Burnett,
Frankie Scott, Bert Lowes, Lindy Lindmoser, Bob Pegues, Dave Wylie,
Freddy Fuller, Brian Zelley and Dan Wright_/
















Introduction:
Although it is not the usual think to do to start a person's story with a lead of another 
person.  But, out of respect to  one of the first to open the door to the world of 
boxing for JACK SNAITH  it is important to recognize and remember ROY BURNELL,


THE BEGINNING OF THE BOXING JOURNEY:

Introduction to boxing by Roy that would lead to a visit with the
Firefighters and in the words of Jack, the welcome message

























THOSE EARLY DAYS AT VANCOUVER'S FIREFIGHTERS:
*With the welcome mat placed before young Jack there was no place
to run and hide.  With those two words, Jack was hooked, and his
words tell  part of that early experience:
some of those that
would be in the gym
when the wide eyed
kid named Jack came
to be a boxer.  

and who could guess
how far he would
travel on his boxing
journey along the
boxing highway
with all the twists
and turns, upsets,
ptfalls and setbacks.





















*** Ron Whalley ******* Fred Fuller ******* Bert Lowes ***










Jack Snaith, like many of us would be proud of his journey with                                                        the great Firefighters,but many of us would not make  the club                                                             a permanent home, and for Jack Snaith  the early Seventies                                                           would bring a new chapter to his never ending boxing story
















THE LIFE and TIMES at  the NANAIMO BOXING CLUB

The Nanaimo Boxing Club was founded in 1971 and throughout
the Seventies would become one of the best boxing clubs due in part
to the achievements of boxer Jack Snaith who would become the first
to win a National boxing title.

Jack's primary coach at the Nanaimo Boxing Club
and based on Jack's comments, Mickey Griffin was one of his top
sparring partners, club mates and travel partner in some of their 
jont trips.

Jack's first moments with the Nanaimo Boxing Club  
*Two old familiar faces from the Firefighters would be 
Brian Zelley and Dan Wright, but Jack would meet with
 many others and would feel the connection and to feel the
new welcome mat of his acceptance.
  


 



Some of the boxers

that trained in Nanaimo
during Seventies:
Allen MacLellan Barry Creswell
Bob Pegues Brian Zelley
Dan Wright Darren Lussier
Jack Snaith Kevin Maughan, 
Mickey Griffin,  and others.


Looking back, Jack has so many great memories of his time in Nanaimo.
Jack talks of his training on the road with his father driving a truck while
he ran along the road and the acceptance they he found from the citizens.
And then it was his turn to help the younger boxers such as Darcy Ormandy,
Darren Lussier and others as described in Jack's words:



CLARK MACLELLAN, MICKEY GRIFFIN
and some of the youngsters of
Nanaimo Boxing Club
For Jack Snaith, Nanaimo will always be home
and he came to one realization when he thought
about why he helped all the young ones that came after him.
And, he thought back to the Firefighters and now he knew
why so many boxers even the ones training for
important bouts took the time to show him the way.

BEYOND NANAIMO:

The first step beyond Nanaimo would be the Richmond Boxing club
with coach Jeff Yule.  It was while with the Richmond club that
Jack would return to Nanaimo to compete against former
club mate Mickey Griffin 


in what would be a super fight
that likely was picked as the best fight of the show, it is 
also the match that turned Mickey Griffin into  a star for the
Nanaimo fans.

The Nanaimo experience just like Vancouver and other places
highlights the support outside of the ring which proved to be
an important element in the stages of the boxing journey.



 
THE WILLIAMS LAKE EXPERIENCE
The clock ticks and Jack Snaith is on the move to a new
location which would take him to the Williams Lake region
where Leif Albrechtsen was the primary coach.

For his story, through the words of Jack:


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SOUTH OF THE BORDER

During Jack's never ending boxing journey, he would spend some
time in the United States.  This is a story about his last big trip in
the USA a few years before returning to Vancouver Island.















Jack would close his USA story that it is a great memory
that he will never forget, and thanks the Whinston family 
for opening their home and their hearts to a kid from
Canada and the 1973 Canadian champion forever.

 
BACK TO VANCOUVER ISLAND: THE EIGHTIES:























 



THE COMOX BOXING CLUB STORY 

Looking back to Jack's Comox Boxing club days was an
interesting moment in time.  It was a boom period for 
amateur boxing on Vancouver Island and Jack's 
involvement with Lloyd Anderson added more sparkle
to the game.  Jack would travel from Campbell River to
Nanimo and Victoria from the Comox region to bring 
their boxers to club shows and tournaments. Those boxers, 
Jack and Lloyd would be documented in the pages of the 
BC Amateur boxing News and in various newspapers.

One of those boxing shows took place on April 13, 1985
in Nanaimo which was a big part of Jack's life.  In fact
the 1985 show was somewhat of a revival as the early
eighties amateur boxing activity in Nanaimo was at
an all time low level between 1971 and 1985.  I remember
that show well ad I refereed the first bout which was a 
bantamweight bout between Mark Hartell and 
Rick Davidson.  Courtenay/Comox boxers engage in the
ten bout show included promising Paul Dodd,  Some other
nameses on the show would include some old favourites
such as Alan Brown and  Scott Cessford,  When we look at
the officials some of the names from Jack's past are on the 
list including  Bert Lowes, Brian Zelley and Dan Wright.
Some other names that were part of Jack's past would
include  Varro  along with the other
Nanaimo coach Joe Preston. 
ALBERTA BOUND and THE NEW BEGINNING:
Dan Higgins touches on some of the contributions Jack has made to
help the young boxers train for tournaments and national action.
But, for a number of years, he would just observe the action before 
taking another small step to continue the journey. In Jack's words:












NOMINATION FOR THE BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME
*Jack Snaith is one of 30 nominees for the 2013 BCABHOF.





GOLDEN MEMORIES and SILVER MOMENTS:














My Golden Memories of Jack Snaith  by brian zelley
I have known Jack since his early days in the Firefighters
and the Nanaimo Boxing Club and am proud of his achievements.
It was many years later that I would write a tribute to Jack in the
February 1985 issue of the BC Amateur Boxing News:

"WELCOME BACK JACK" - February 1985
Jack Snaith has returned to boxing as a boxing coach.
He and Lloyd Anderson are coaching at a newly formed
club in Comox.

"Jack is best remembered for his performances in 1973 while
a member of the NANAIMO BOXING CLUB.  However, Snaith  
started his boxing in Vancouver  and was a member of the
FIREFIGHTERS BOXING CLUB. After moving to Nanaimo, Jack  
would join the Nanaimo Boxing club started by Dan Wright and
Brian Zelley in the summer of 1971. For Jack Snaith, the 
establishment of the light-flyweight division was to be an opportunity
and a challenge.  Jack entered the 106 lb. division  in the 1973 BC
Golden Gloves and won.  
The next step on the trail was to be the Western Canadian Amateur
Boxing Championships at Winnipeg and Jack won over Randy Smith
of Saskatchewan.  Other champions from BC were Chris Ius, 
Dale Anderson, Dennis Bercier, Mike Frank, Bill Gariepy and Jack Meda.
Then came the Canadian championship at Charlottetown.  The coach of 
the team was Harold Mann..."

William "Royal City Red" Zelley, a top Snaith supporter
I remember well Bill's 
praise for Jack Snaith
and later Mickey Griffin
of the Nanaimo Boxing
Club back in the Seventies.

I believe Bill first saw
young Jack snaith at 
the Firefighters club
in Vancouver.
It was May of 1979, and the Nanaimo Boxing Club
had risen to what could be considered it's peak
period.  But, after almost eight years of operation
 a small band of boxers would be recognized
 for their achievents including Jack and Mickey.\







THE CAST AND CHARACTERS IN THE NEVER ENDING
JACK SNAITN BOXING JOURNEY and STORY:
Roy Burnell  - Bert Lowes - Pat West - Lindy Lindmoser
Frankie Scott  - Freddy Fuller - Dave Wylie - Gordie Lawson -
Brian Zelley - Dan Wright - Nicky McDondald - John Gamble -
Steve Tohill -  Fred Fuller - Ron Whalley -  Les & Helen Varro
Bill "Royal City Red" Zelley -  Clark MacLellan - Darcy Ormandy 
Darren Lussier - Bob Pegues - Jeff Yule - Joe McCaffrey - David Ius -
Leif Albrechtsen - Lloyd Anderson - Whinston family - Paul Dodd 
Gary Wood  -  Monty Brown - Alan Brown - Tim Cessford 
Dan Higgins - Stan Insko - Rick Albrechtsen,
**These are just some of the many others that were there over
the many years that Jack was involved in boxing as a boxer or
a trainer/coach.

THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH by THE DIAMOND BOY























Just when you think the story is over, along comes that
knockout punch that adds new meaning into the storu.
a big thank you to RICK ALBRECHTSEN for a KO punch
in the Jack Snaith story.

THE FINAL WORD:  Jack Snaith inductee BCABHoF.
* Well by now it is obvious, Jack made it from nominee to
inductee.  

Flashes of the many inductees:











Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vancouver Island Boxing

BOXING NAMES, VANCOUVER ISLAND

Al Duval
Alan Brown
Alex Riley
Art Smith
Barry Creswell
Bert Wilkinson
Bob Pegues
Bruce Baille
Charle John
Clark MacLellan
Dan Wright
Darren Lussier,
Everett Biggs
Fred Curtis
Gary Wood
Howie Rabey
Jack Snaith
Jim Howie
Kelly Ricketts
Kevin Maughan

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Looking For the 2013 BCABHOF Nominees

In Search Of The 2013 Nominees - March 1985

By Brian Zelley
 Introduction:
As the search goes on for the 2013 Nominees the next step in the search is
the "BC Amateeur Boxing News" of March 1985,
Some of the names scattered throughout the pages of the old news:
Jim Howie, Mickey Griffin, Gordie Lawson, Jim Gallagher, Ron Whalley,
Vic Murdoch, Derrick Hoyt, Jack Snaith, Cliff Ballendine and Stan Smith.


In Search of the 2013 BCABHOF Nominees

LOOKING FOR THE NOMINEES, February '85,

 

By Brian Zelley
In order to highlight the names of
some of our nominees for the 
BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame
I am looking through  issues 
of the "BC Amateur Boxing News"
from February to June 1985.

*One of the photos that appears
includes founder of the 
Newcastle Boxing Club 
George Nepper.

February 1985: 
On page 2 of this issue, the names ED WILLIAMS and STAN SMITH
appear in recipients of the "Harold Mann Boxing Achievement award".
Williams was awarded the award in 1973 and Smith in 1976.  For
former boxer and builder Ed Williams this was a signifiant distinction
has he was the third person to receive this annual award and Smith 
became the sixth person.

On page 3 in an article related to the 1985 Diamond Belt tournament,
Boxers mentioned in special bouts were Gary Wood and Todd Alain.
Of about nine persons mentioned for special recognition one of the
special nine was Jack Snaith along with Howard Curling, Dale Walters,
Don Dornick, Mike Sartori, Brian Zelley, Paul Calve, Dan Wright,
Ian Weir and Harold Handlin.  In that tournament Williams Lake
boxer Rick Albrechtsen was named Diamond Boy.

On other pages  Dick St Louis was mentioned in the Bert Lowes 
report titled "Lowes' Lowdown".  The piece on St. Louis was 
packed with a long list of things that Dick was involved with
in recent months such as Prince Rupert club shows, clinics
and preparation of the Salmon Belt Tournament.  

In a piece by John Kovak under "Coaches Corner"
he mentions among others boxers Scott and Troy Bannink.
In a piece called "Flashbacks" by editor Brian Zelley,
there were special profiles on four ex-boxers with one
being 2013 BCABHOF nominee JACK SNAITH.
The one on Jack was called "Welcome Back Jack".
In "Between Rounds" one of those mentioned was
Ed Williams.  

Summary of Nominees mentioned in February 1985"
Ed Williams, Stan Smith, Gary Wood, Todd Alain, 
Jack Snaith, Dick St. Louis, Scott and Troy Bannink.



Monday, January 21, 2013

THE RACE IS ON: 2013 BCABHOF

THE EARLY STAGES OF THE RACE
OF THE THIRTY NOMINEES FOR 
THE 2013 SELECTION for the
BC AMATEUR BOXING
HALL OF FAME: 

The Front Runner in the support department:























PRELIMINARY CHOICES OF SOME - top three lists












THIRTY CHOICES IN THE RUNNING:


By Category:
Mickey Griffin, Jamie Ballard
Cliff Ballendine, 
Scott and Troy Banninck,

Betty Clarke, Teresa Taylor,
Jeannine Garside and
Linda Gigliotti.

Derrick Hoyt, Gary Wood,
Geronimo Bie, Jack Snaith,
Gordie Lawson, Steve Noel
and Sidney McKnight.

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
and Wally Doern.

Cranbrook Eagles. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Clarke, Garside, Gigliotti and Taylor

2013 Nominees:

 Clarke, Garside, Gigliotti and Taylor

by Brian W. Zelley, B. Com., CA

Introduction:

THE CHAMPION
Teresa Taylor













                     Teresa Taylor in action (photo courtesy of Teresa Taylor)




It is with great pleasure that four women-in-boxing are four
popular nominees for the 2013 selection of new inductees to the
British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame.

The Stories of Betty, Jeannine, Linda and Teresa:

* Each of the four women-in-boxing have  a story, and this
will be the place where a brief look at their individual boxing 
journey will take place.  


                                          Mandy Lapointe, a professional boxer,
                               2012 Inductee and appointed as honorary director
                                   * a solid supporter of the women - in - boxing

A special that thanks to these four individuals:Mandy LaPointe, Ray Beaulieu,
Seth Gotro and Steve Wood for taking the time to recognize and support  these
four aces of amateur boxing in British Columbia.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

THE GARY WOOD BOXING JOURNEY

THE GARY WOOD BOXING STORY:



   By Brian Zelley

Introduction:

It is a pleasure to be part of the Gary Wood story as a former BCABA
ring official  during Gary's days of boxing and now as one of the
administrators of the British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of  Fame
of which Gary is one of the nominees for 2013.

Highlights of his long journey in boxing:

(Some of the details following have been submitted to the
BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame courtesy of Steve Wood)










































































































































NOMINEE for 2013: BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame
It is great to see so many fine individuals including Gary Wood
be recognized for his participation, achievements and contributions
to the betterment of  amateur boxing.  Gary is an excellent nominee
for the Boxer category:


THE WOOD BROTHERS STEP INTO THE LEADERSHIP ROLE
*It would be the start of a new era of amateur boxing in Campbell River
with Gary, Mike and Steve Wood involved in coaching.








(photo of Gary and Mike Wood in the Campbell River new)












 Golden Memories of the Gary Wood Boxing Journey
* Many of us have a memory of Gary in action over the yeas from club shows
 to tournaments, from gym moments to dressing room moments but Gary also
 has some memories of his coaches, club mates, team mates, and the many events
 that he was a part of from a Campbell River moment or some other event over
the many years.   One of a series of memories was his  discussion of coach 
CHARLES JOHN that was valuable in the selection process
 of Charles John in 2012. 

As I look back one of  those club show moments was Gary's victory over 
Russ Lyon in March of 1985 in Victoria and the previous week he had 
earned a decision over former Canadian champion Jack Snaith and the
vision could go back to Gary's days as a junior boxer. 

Memories and Musings by Steve Wood:


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

BOXING 1964 to 1968

CANADIAN AMATEUR BOXING 1964 to 1968 

by brian zelley

Introduction

From clubs show to Olympic boxing, the years
1964 to 1968 provided a lot of exiting and excellent
 moments.  One of the important events is the
National championship where some based on skill,
some based on luck or a mix of the two are
included on a Provincial team to compete. 

Two important years for selection to the
Canadian Olympic Teams were 1964 and 1968 of which boxer 
Walter Henry earned a spot in both years.  In both cases the Ontario
boxer defeated boxers from British Columba to win his spot as 
Canadian champion and Olympic boxer.

The Standouts:
Walter Henry
Campbell Palmer
Harvey Reti
Fred Desrosiers
Marvin Arneson
Dick Findlay
Donato Paduano

 The others  were
all worthy but did
not mke the
Olympic teams
including 1966 medalist
in the Commonwealth
Games, Frank Scott and
Earl McLeay who had 
trained in Vancouver
and Calgary.




Donato Paduano (Quebec) and
Dick Findlay (BC) two of the
1968 Olympic boxers.

Fred Desrosiers, one of the
1964 Olympic boxers.