Vernon council assists boxing provincials

Mayor Rob Sawatzky lone opponent as Vernon council approved a $250 sponsorship for the 2013 Bronze Gloves amateur boxing tournament.

Council support wasn’t a unanimous decision.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky was the lone opponent when Vernon council approved a $250 sponsorship for the 2013 Bronze Gloves amateur boxing tournament.

“Medical associations are opposed to boxing because of its affect on the human brain,” said Sawatzky, a retired physician.

“I can’t divorce myself from my medical profession.”

However, the sponsorship was unanimous among the rest of Sawatzky’s colleagues.

“This is a chance to support a substantial event. There is a tourism component,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

Bronze Gloves, which is sanctioned by Boxing B.C., will be held at the Vernon Recreation Complex March 8 and 9.

“In 2011 and 2012, the CounterPunch Boxing Club mounted successful tournaments, including the Golden Gloves, in the auditorium, with estimated audiences of between 500 and 700 people attending this disciplined sport in a family atmosphere,” said Tony Stamboulieh, CounterPunch’s head coach.

“Boxing has a long tradition in Vernon with two boxing clubs.”