2022: OUR YEAR IN BOXING
Our boxers and coaches had an amazing year in 2022. From Nelson to Portland to Mexico, we traveled, learned, and fought. As boxing team member Lola Brouillette says, "boxing creates memories, bonds & friendships that will last forever." More adventures on the way, next up… Spokane, Canada Winter Games, and Nationals.
Wamuna Fukada, Coach Jesse Pineiro, and Porter Hansen.
Coach Jesse Pineiro and Nelson Boxing Team members Porter Hansen, Wamuna Fukada, Riel Martinez, and Djavan Mayer celebrate with Wamuna Fukada, who won gold at the provincial championships in North Vancouver in February. Also in the picture, Riel's big brother Elias Martinez, who boxed on the Nelson Boxing Team for many years.
Wamuna Fukada, Djavan Mayer, Porter Hansen and Coach Jesse Pineiro traveled to Mission, BC for a card in April.
Porter Hansen, Will Adams, Jack Dool and Riel Martinez all competed in Salmon Arm in May. Pictured: Porter.
Riel Matrinez and Wamuna Fukada won medals at the Calgary Cup in May. Pictured with Coach Jesse Pineiro
Brett Adams, shown here with Coach Jesse Pineiro and Corner Makalu Babott at the Nelson Boxing Club's Fight Night IX in May. The 11-bout card featured fighters from Nelson, Kelowna, Abbotsford Mission Boxing, the Cranbrook Eagles, Edmonton’s Marshall Boxing and Rip City Boxing from Portland, OR. Nelson boxers Matt Brown, Porter Hansen, Wamuna Fukada, Riel Martinez and Will Adams also fought.
Coach Jesse Pineiro traveled with Wamuna Fukada, Riel Martinez, Marino Raffo, and Lola Brouillette to Portland in October for a large tournament that included more than 300 athletes competing from B.C., Alberta, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. Pictured are Jesse, Wamuna, and Riel.
The club hosted Fight Night X, a 13-bout card included fighters from Nelson, Spokane Boxing, the Cranbrook Eagles, Edmonton’s Marshall Boxing, Salmon Arm’s Bulldogs Boxing, Surrey Boxing and Surrey School of Boxing, in October. Pictured is Nelson's Milane D’Aurelie. Riel Martinez, Wamuna Fukada, Marino Raffo, Porter Hansen, Lola Brouilette, Senoa Rhyre, Matt Brown, and Sabian Smith also had great fights.
The team traveled to Cranbrook in November for the Cranbrook Charity Challenge. Pictured are Riel Martinez (who won the Ian Gibson Memorial Award for best boxer), Marino Raffo, Jack Dool, Coach Jesse Pineiro, Porter Hansen, Milane D’Aurelie, Lola Brouilette, and Matt Brown.
The Nelson Boxing Team won five medals at BC's Provincial Championship in November. Pictured are Lola Brouilette, Porter Hansen, Riel Martinez, Coach Jesse Pineiro, Marino Raffo, and Wamuna Fukada. Porter also won Boxing BC's Jimmy Simms Award for best student athlete of 2022 and Wamuna was voted best youth boxer of 2022. Porter, Riel, Marino, Lola, and Wamuna will represent B.C. at Canada's national championships in 2023.
Porter Hanson, Wamuna Fukada and Lola Brouillette competed with Team B.C. in Mazatlan, Mexico in December. Lola was voted outstanding female athlete by her coaches and peers.
Lola, Porter, and Wamuna with other members of Team B.C. in Mazatlan, Mexico in December.