ABOUT US

BOXING BC BOARD

Boxing BC is the governing body for amateur boxing in the province of British Columbia. It is sanctioned by Boxing Canada (CABA), the International Boxing Association (AIBA),  and viaSport BC. 

Our purpose is to provide the residents of British Columbia access to and participation in the opportunities, programs and activities of amateur boxing. 

Boxing BC shall recognize and support the goals of each individual member and provide the opportunity to instill in the members confidence, self-esteem, respect for others, a sense of discipline and concepts of fair play and sportsmanship that all communities shall benefit.

 

The board is made up of officers elected by voting members and those appointed by the board. The Board of Directors are concerned with issues and decisions related to the long-term direction, sustainability,  and relevance of Boxing BC.

 

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VALUES

These statements shall form the values held by Boxing BC and reflect the ideals of the Society that the programs and opportunities provided shall benefit all member athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers:

Opportunities shall be positive, enjoyable and educational in an environment free from harassment and abuse

Participation shall be devoted to safety, physical conditioning and character building

Respectful communication shall be honest and open with issues and problems being dealt with in a professional and un-biased manner

Integrity, sportsmanship and excellence shall produce pride-filled results in all areas of participation

BOXING BC BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Association shall be the Officers of the Society and shall, with the exception of
the Past President and appointed positions, be elected for two-year terms by the Voting Members of the
Association as specified in Section 7.

RYAN O'SHEA

PRESIDENT
Chairman of all Boxing BC and Executive/ Board Meetings, is a member ex-officio of all Committees and the Association’s representative to the National body.
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PRESIDENT

RYAN O'SHEA

Is, upon election, automatically one of Boxing BC’s two representatives to Boxing Canada and shall be registered with the National body as the representative for British Columbia holding the national vote; is Chairman of all Boxing BC and Executive/ Board Meetings and is a member ex-officio of all Committees; is a signing officer on all Boxing BC’s accounts; presides at all meetings in which he/ she is the Chair and his/ her rulings, when concurred with by the Executive, are final; shall prepare and present an annual report at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. The Presidency is for a term of two years and the incumbent can succeed him/ herself in future elections.

 

Ryan started boxing in 1995 and had over 70 amateur bouts. In 1999 Ryan won the Junior National Championships and went on to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships in Puebla Mexico in 2000. Ryan has been actively involved as an Executive and Board member of Boxing BC since 2010 and has been President of the association since 2014. Ryan is also currently active as a level IV referee and judge.

DAVE BRETT

1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Shall assume the position of the President in his/ her absence. Assist the President with Executive Committee duties.
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1ST VICE PRESIDENT

DAVE BRETT

Shall assume the position of the President in his/ her absence. Responsibilities shall include organization of tournaments, games and major competition planning; liaising with all Boxing BC sanctioned events; liaison with Boxing Canada for Nationals; liaison for other Provinces for events.

Dave has been involved in boxing since 1999.
 
He has a B.Sc in Biological Life Science from UBC and is a National Level Coach in Canada, a Star 1 Coach Internationally, and received his professional Coach designation in 2017. Dave has coached athletes in competition across Canada, in the USA as well as in Cuba, Mexico and Ireland. One of his highlights as a coach was when he was the Head Coach for Team BC at the Canadian Winter Games in 2019.  As an athlete, his highlight was winning the 2015 BC Golden Gloves at 91+kg. Dave is a member of the Executive as 1st Vice President, and strives to keep Boxing BC as a dominant force at the Nationals.
 
Outside of his time as Head Coach at Griffins Boxing and Fitness, Dave spends time with his three kids, his wife and his motorcycle.

JESSICA MELO

2ND VICE PRESIDENT
Shall assume the duties of President in the absence of both the President and the 1st Vice President. Assist the President with Executive Committee duties.
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2ND VICE PRESIDENT

JESS MELO

Shall assume the duties of President in the absence of both the President and the 1st Vice President. Responsibilities shall include increasing the number of members; quality and quantity of member services; fundraising; athlete assistance program; volunteer development, social media; liaising with the media, clubs and the sports community.​

Jess grew up in Toronto and is no stranger to the sport of boxing. Following her dad, Eddie “the Hurricane” Melo into gyms from a very young age. Jess is well known by many of the old pro’s in boxing she has gone on to launch The Eddie Melo Legacy Organization which supports at risk youth, amateur boxers and children who have lost a parent to a homicide. A firm believer in the positive effects of boxing she has partnered with organizations such as the WBC cares, and schools to bring awareness to bullying and youth at risk. As well as taking Team EMLO internationally with great success. Well travelled and well rounded she brings her own love of the sport and support to fighters of all ages coast to coast.​

TARIQ ABDULRAHMAN

3RD VICE PRESIDENT
Shall assist the President in fulfilling his/ her duties as required. Shall assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents.
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3RD VICE PRESIDENT

TARIQ ABDULRAHMAN

Shall assume the position of the President in his/ her absence. Responsibilities shall include organization of tournaments, games and major competition planning; liaising with all Boxing BC sanctioned events; liaison with Boxing Canada for Nationals; liaison for other Provinces for events. Shall assume the position of the President in his/ her absence. Responsibilities shall include organization of tournaments, games and major competition planning; liaising with all Boxing BC sanctioned events; liaison with Boxing Canada for Nationals; liaison for other Provinces for events.

Tariq has been involved in the sport of boxing for a number of years, starting as a youth in the United Kingdom. He has an MA (Hons.) in International Business Studies from The University of Edinburgh and a Law Degree from BPP Law School London. He is a National Level 1 Coach in Canada and a Level 2 Boxing England Coach. Tariq began his coaching career in 2008 after an early withdrawal from competitive boxing, and has been coaching competitive athletes in England, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Canada. He founded the Kingdom of Bahrain’s first dedicated boxing club, “Bahrain Boxing Club”, in 2015 and is the founder of Lift Strength and Conditioning Center, operating in the Middle East and Canada. He is also a former board member of the Bahrain Association for Mixed Martial Arts (BMMAF).

One of the highlights of his coaching career was founding the Mulakem Boxing Scholarship Program, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s first grass roots youth boxing program. This program has afforded young Bahraini boxers the opportunity to train and travel to compete in the sport of boxing since 2016. The program has grown to include national champions at several weight categories and has involved olympians and professional athletes from around the world. ​

He endeavours to bring his legal and commercial professional experience, coupled with his passion for the sport of boxing to drive Boxing British Columbia towards becoming a beacon for the standard of amateur boxing in Canada.

MEHRAN BAGHAIE

TREASURER
Shall oversee maintenance of the financial records of the Society and shall have an accounting background or similar designation satisfactory to fulfilling the duties required.
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TREASURER

MEHRAN BAGHAIE

Shall maintain the financial records of the Society and receive and disburse all funds belonging to Boxing BC, whether absolutely or in trust. The Treasurer shall have an accounting background or similar designation satisfactory to fulfilling the duties required, preferably with experience in non-profit Associations. The Treasurer shall be a signing officer on all Boxing BC accounts and shall present an audited budget; assure records are kept; expense claim approvals setting fees; preparing annual financial reports; liaising with auditors; preparing reports for Executive as needed and approving expense claims.​

“Mehran Baghaie” has been involved in Sport of Amateur Boxing over 25 years. He has served Boxing BC as a treasure for 3 terms. As a “treasurer” he has had a track record of running balance budgets and with number of surplus prosperous years.​

Mehran became a certified Boxing Coach in 1996 and have been fully certified level 3 coach since 2006. He owns and has operated his own Business Corporation for past 26 years; therefore he offers the Boxing BC a vast business experience. He has worked with numerous Charted Accountants & Certified General Accountants in preparation of financial statements (audited and unaudited), budgets and fiscal directions. Further he has prepared and filed accounting and explanatory reports.

As Treasurer for Boxing BC, he will work to obtain and maintain funding for Boxing BC. He hopes to assist Boxing BC achieving fiscal stability and prosperity with utmost transparency to all its members.​

JEFF LALJEE

CHIEF OFFICIAL
Shall be a Level 4 Official or higher and will be elected by Boxing BC Officials.
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CHIEF OFFICIAL

JEFF LALJEE

Shall be a Level 4 Official or higher and will be elected by Boxing BC Officials on even years during the corresponding Election of Officers. Responsibilities shall include overseeing all BC officials; designation of officials to attend sanctioned shows and tournaments in BC; appointment officials to inter-Provincial and National Tournaments; conduct clinics; the certification and updating of BC Officials.​

AIBA 1 Star,  Referee and judge 
 
Having started boxing at 12 yrs old, with a career spanning 14 years, Jeff’s major highlights include, winning Gold at the Canadian Winter Games in 1987.
 
Jeff started Officiating in 2006 and became the Chief Official for Boxing BC in 2015. Jeff is an AIBA 1 Star Referee & Judge. Jeff’s officiating career’s highlights include, the World Police & Fire Games in 2009, Western Canadians in Red Deer Alberta in 2014, the Canadian National Championships in 2014, 2016, 2018 & 2019 and Internationally at a 5 Nation competition in the Dominican Republic.
 
He is the recipient of the John Skanks Memorial Award in 2015, the Harold Mann Award in 2018 and the Ron Whalley Memorial Award for Official of the Year for 2018.
 
Jeff is proud to provide regular boxing clinics to new and current officials.

DR. MALCOM RONDEAU

MEDICAL DIRECTOR
The Medical Director shall advise and make recommendations to the Board and Executive on matters concerning health and safety in the sport of amateur boxing within the Province of British Columbia.
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MEDICAL DIRECTOR

DR. MALCOLM RONDEAU

Appointed by the Board of Directors and shall hold office until he/ she resigns, is removed or the Board appoints a new Medical Director. The Medical Director shall advise and make recommendations to the Board and Executive on matters concerning health and safety in the sport of amateur boxing within the Province of British Columbia.​

JESSE PINEIRO

PROVINCIAL HEAD COAH
Responsibilities include team selection criteria; athlete recruitment; developmental camps; the selection of travelling teams and talent identification. Refer to Policies for further duties and responsibilities.
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PROVINCIAL HEAD COACH

JESSE PINEIRO

Appointed by the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include team selection criteria; athlete recruitment; developmental camps; the selection of travelling teams and talent identification. Refer to Policies for further duties and responsibilities.​

 

20 years coaching experience and a member of the provincial coaching staff since 2017. International experience as a coach and competitor in Australia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Italy, and France. Highlights have been facilitating training camps in Cuba and Mexico, running a boxing clinic in Nicaragua for at risk youth, and the ongoing work with the other members of the BC High Performance team to raise the level of our provincial programs. ​

Jon Quinit

COACH'S REPRESENTATIVE
Will act as liaison between Coaches and the Executive of Boxing BC Board of Directors.
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COACHES' REPRESENTATIVE

Jon Quinit

Jon was an athlete competing actively from 2008-2012. He was a national team member from 2009-2012, representing Canada worldwide. Now, as a retired athlete, Jon is interfacing daily with the next generation of athletes at my own gym as head coach. Jon has experienced every facet of an amateur athlete's journey in Canada and hope to use my breadth of knowledge and network to help the future generation of boxers to reach their amateur aspirations. As well, he was a board member of Manitoba Boxing from 2011-2012 as the athlete representative as an active fighter. As such, Jon bring a uniquely qualified perspective to the Boxing BC board. He hopes to cultivate more boxers from BC to reach the national stage and beyond.​

SETH LENETSKY

HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR
Appointed by the Board of Directors to provide expertise on the Organization’s High-Performance program.
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DIRECTOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE

SETH LENETSKY

Seth is a US born sport scientist that has been based out of Victoria since early 2018. Educated in New Zealand, Seth has multiple advanced degrees in exercise science, strength and conditioning, and sports biomechanics. In his time as a practitioner Seth has worked at the highest levels of sport, engaging with elite athletes and teams in boxing, NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, America’s Cup, professional rugby, and at the Olympic level.

Jonathan Hannah

MALE ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE
Shall represent the general male athlete membership.
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MALE ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

Jonathan Hannah

Jonathan Hannah

8 years as a competitive boxer 

58 amateur bouts

2020 BC provincial champion 

2019 Celtic cup youth champion

2019 Canadian winter games Bronze medallist 

My  boxing journey at age 12, I was told to check out griffins by a friends mom, and from that first class I was hooked. I never originally intended on competing, just to loose some weight and get fit. But as time went on I gradually moved in the direction of competition, more so because I was to timid to give any reason why I shouldn’t. And here I am 8 years later competing at a high level in the sport I love, with aspirations of making it to the Olympics one day. 

 

Nyousha Nakhijiri

FEMALE ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE
Shall represent the general female athlete membership.
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FEMALE ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

Nyousha Nakhjiri

Nyousha grew up being extremely involved in sports; She played soccer at a high level until an injury forced her to take a break from the sport and in search of a different way to stay active. From the first day she stepped into a boxing gym, she fell in love with it and had her first fight within a year. 5 years later, she has had 27 amateur bouts, won multiple BC provincial and golden gloves titles and has represented BC at Nationals, earning a bronze medal. She has fought internationally in Ireland, USA, and Mexico and is currently working towards winning a National title, securing her spot in the NT and representing Canada at Olympics 2024 at 52kg.
 
Her goal as the female athlete representative is to encourage more female athletes to start and develop their boxing skills and to help lead the next generation of British Columbia’s female boxing. “This sport has helped me grow confidence and tap into potential I never knew I had, and I would love to give back to it by helping our athlete community”.

 

Andy Ling

1ST DIRECTOR AT LARGE
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1ST DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Andrew Ling

Andy has been involved with boxing and combat sports since 1999. Growing up in the gym he starting by carrying buckets and holding pads then carried on to preparing fighters for competition. Andy has a true passion for boxing and continues to combine it with his love of teaching. Andy intends to bring integrity, accountability and an accessible and transparent approach to governance for boxing BC.

IVY RICHARDSON

2ND DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Duties as defined in organization by-laws or as needed to fulfill Board requirements and address overall organizational goals.
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2ND DIRECTOR AT LARGE

IVY RICHARDSON

Ivy (she/her) is of Gusgimukw, Nuxalk and European ancestry and is currently residing as an uninvited guest on Snuneymuxw territory. Ivy has a degree in Physical Education, is a certified boxing coach, yoga teacher and personal trainer. Boxing has played a pivotal role in Ivy’s life as a competitor and now as a coach. In 2019 Ivy created and launched an all Indigenous youth competitive boxing team called Team 700. She also shortly after launched a wellness through movement company called Red Girl Rising that works with organizations to bring accessible movement programs to community.​

LEO SAMMARELLI

DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Shall assist the Association in continued policy development and education on diversity and inclusion as relates to underrepresented groups.
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DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

LEO SAMMERELLI

As the director of diversity and inclusivity for Boxing BC I am committed to facilitating opportunities to all group s who want to participate in the sport of amateur Boxing. As part of my role I am fully committed to creating new programs and practices that effectively increase diversity in all population denying no one the human right to participate in sport, and providing support/accessibility in a healthy and safe environment. ​

 

B.C has a large and diverse community of adaptive athletes and people with disabilities. In partnership with our director of diversity and inclusivity, Boxing BC is excited about finding creative and innovative opportunities that allow people with disabilities and adaptive athletes to regularly participate in the sport of Boxing. We are opening up new ideas and connecting with like minded organizations/countries to put Adaptive boxing on the map.​