Friday, September 20, 2013

50 years Nanaimo Boxing 1963 to 2012

NANAIMO BOXING HISTORY 1963  to 2012: by Brian Zelley

The modern history of the Nanaimo Amateur Boxing:
The modern era begins in 1963 with the formation of the
 Newcastle Boxing Club by George Nepper.  Other primary coaches were 
Harry Pollitt and Skimp Williams.   Also, Rene Nepper and the Seriani
brothers helped out along with Gardiner Smyth. Jerry Sorensen, Roger Nepper
and others helped.

The second club was the Nanaimo Boxing Club which was founded 
by Brian Zelley and Dan Wright in 1971.  The present coach for the
Nanaimo Boxing Club is former seventies boxer Barry Creswell.

Some of the earliest boxers in action for the club would be
Darren Lussier, Wayne Peace, Bob Pegues, Dan Wright
and Brian Zelley. Some of the trainees would be John Ormandy,
Stu Springett and various persons from Ladysmith such as
Bob Jamison.  Other boxers in the early years would be
Mickey Griffin, Alan Toth, Jack Snaith, Fred Wicks and many more.
In 1974 another new one would be Barry Creswell. 

In 1972 and 1973, the club would hold a number of boxing shows in
Nanaimo.  And some of the novice boxers would participate in
novice tournaments such as the Bronze Gloves.  Jack Snaith, who
started boxing in 1967 at Vancouver's Firefighters Boxing Club
would enter open competition and fight for a National title in 1973.

The club would host it's second club show in 1973

One of the bouts featured Brian Zelley and Clark MacLellan.  Clark would
become one of the regular coaches and trained boxers such as Mickey Griffin.

Photo Parade: Nanaimo moments

                    Mickey Griffin and Bob Pegues

Bob Pegues would later become a full time boxing
coach in Prince George, and in 2014 he was one of eleven
selected for the British Columbia Amateur Boxing
Hall of Fame along with Nanaimo boxing great 
Billy Townsend. and Victoria's Bert Wilkinson.

1954 VI Golden Boy ** Bert Wilkinson

Mickey Griffin - a popular boxer of the Nanaimo
boxing scene in the Seventies.  Mickey was selected for the BCABHOF in the junior/youth category in 2013

Fast Forward - the Nineties
* one of the boxing stars for the nineties was Fred Wicks jr.

Barry Creswell
* Barry would join the club in 1974 and be a capable boxer, but he would then turn to coaching, and is the current head coach,

Current coach Barry Creswell

Thursday, September 19, 2013

YEAR FIVE, 2014 Nominations

The Journey Into 2014 year five: by brian zelley

* For 2014, there is a great collection of names
to be considered for the selection process.  Some
will not be selected, but their names will be 
carried forward to 2015 along with others that
may get selected.

Special Categories for 2014:
Pioneer:                 William J. Finlay
Junior/Youth:        Jamey Ballard
Women in Boxing:   Betty Clark
1994 Commonwealth Games, boxing
1954  Empire Games, boxing

The Main Categories


* the two main categories are boxers 
and builders with many fine names to
sort through and to select.  One special
builder by the name of Jeff Yule will be
included.  Jeff was nominated in year one
but got overlooked and his name was not
carried forward, but he will be an inductee
come 2014.

The Boxers:
Picking and choosing among Billy Townsend,
Geronimo Bie, Jimmy McMillan, Dave Wylie,
Jack Meda, Kit Munro, Willy Curry, and 
Kenny Lindsay is not easy.

The Builders:
A collection of rock solid names such as:
Bert Wilkinson, Billy Watson, Bob Pegues,
Boyd Bayne, Harry Twist, Howard Curling, 
Leif Albrechtsenm Lloyd Anderson, 
Mike Moore and Pat West.

We thank the nominators and those that 
support one or more of the nominees, and
know that some folks will be disappointed
but regardless of the results, it is hoped
that the journey will continue in 2015

Betty's supporters are hoping that
this outstanding coach will join
Mandy and Marg that were the
first two selected in 2012 and
followed by three others in 2013.  

The builders:
Our year one core member
inductee, Freddy Fuller
once again stepped up to
the plate early to show 
support for his old coach
Harry Twist.
As part of the story telling
Freddy gave a personal 
account of Harry in our
story on Harry Twist.
In it we mention Frank
Scott who was a young
one like Freddy in the
late fifties when they 
were part of the South Burnaby Boxing Club.

Bob Pegues, builder
All of the active BC boxers
and builders of today are
well aware of Bob's deep
contributions, achievemets
and participation.  Some of 
the alumni of the Nanaimo 
Boxing club are well aware
of Bob, the boxer and trainee in the '70's  
But, to get the full story to  understand Bob
we need to step back in time to 1969
when Bob was just a young teenager 
that expressed a desire to belong to a 
boxing club, but it would be two years
before the dream became a reality.