Ariane Fortin fronts Canada's Commonwealth Games boxing team
2-time world champion will fight in 75 kg weight class in Scotland
Two-time world champion Ariane Fortin headlines the list of seven athletes nominated by Boxing Canada to the national team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Fortin, a seven-time Canadian champion from St. Nicholas, Que., will fight in the 75-kilogram weight class next month in Glasgow, Scotland. Pan Am Games champion and six-time Canadian champion Mandy Bujold of Toronto was nominated in the 51-kilo category.
The men's roster includes Custio Clayton of Dartmouth, N.S. (69 kg), Samir El-Mais of Windsor, Ont. (91 kg), Brody Robert Blair of New Glasgow, N.S. (75 kg), David Gauthier of Quebec City (60 kg) and Artur Biyarslanov of Toronto (64 kg).
"We are reaching for the podium and we have been able to select a tight team constructed to target medals," Boxing Canada high-performance director Daniel Trepanier said in a release. "Our Commonwealth team is composed of both seasoned veterans as well as some athletes who will make their first appearance at the Commonwealth Games.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for them to compete against the best in the world."
Trepanier, from Montreal, and Kevin Howard of North Vancouver, B.C., will serve as coaches.
The entire Canadian team will be officially named by Commonwealth Games Canada next month. The Games will be held from July 23-Aug. 3.