'Roped into" boxing, Summers came to love the sport

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Inducted into Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame

Hank Summers never competed as a boxer, but his tireless work on a variety of levels of the sport for many years was recognized last week in Halifax, where the St. John's native was inducted into Boxing Canada's Hall of Fame.

"It's quite an honour after being around so long," Summers said.

"And it was totally unexpected,"

Summers has been involved in amateur boxing for the past 37 years on the local, national and international scene.

Hank Summers is proof you don't have to complete in sport to contribute to it. Thirty-seven years ago, Summers' attendance at a meeting led to his involvement in boxing and eventually his induction into Canada's Boxing Hall of Fame. - Telegram file photo

Hank Summers never competed as a boxer, but his tireless work on a variety of levels of the sport for many years was recognized last week in Halifax, where the St. John's native was inducted into Boxing Canada's Hall of Fame.

"It's quite an honour after being around so long," Summers said.

"And it was totally unexpected,"

Summers has been involved in amateur boxing for the past 37 years on the local, national and international scene.

He served as Boxing Newfoundland and Labrador's president for 17 years before moving on to the national level in 1992 where he has held positions of treasurer, vice-president and president over they years.

Summers got involved in the sport in 1973 after Bob Hillier, the then-executive director of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador, called a meeting to gauge interest in revitalizing boxing in the province.

"At the time, I was a sports instructor for the 515 North Atlantic Air Cadet Squadron," recalled Summers, "and and I asked the kids if they wanted to get involved and everyone did.

"A small committee was formed at the SNL meeting and I got roped into that as well," Summers added with a laugh.

He was a little hesitant when asked to pick out one highlight during his involvement with the sport

"There were so many good things, but our biggest thrill," he finally said, "came in 1987 when we came back with eight medals from the Canada Winter Games in Cape Breton.

"That really opened the doors for us."

"I also remember when Blair Tobin won a national championship here in St. John's in 1993 and travelling with Dwayne Tobin to the world under-19 tournament in Argentina," he added, noting trips to national and international tournaments with local boxers were always an exciting aspect of his boxing involvement.

Summers was Canada's representative for six years on the board of COPABOX, an organization with membership from countries from the Americas and the Caribbean.

He has represented Canada at numerous international competitions as team manager, including the 2002 Olympic Games in Sydney; the 1995 Pan Am Games in Argentina; the 2001 (in United States) and 2009 (in China) female world championships; and the world under-19 men's championships in Cuba and Argentina.

In 1992, Summers was presented with the Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contributions to compatriots, community and to to the country.

Inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in the builder category in 1998, Summers's many years of volunteer work were recognized when he was presented with a Boxing Canada lifetime membership in 2005.

Summers is still active as coach at the TRC Boxing Club, a club he started in 1981 at the Torbay Recreation Centre.

"I've been so fortunate. I've enjoyed very minute of it... the people I've met and the friends I've made all over the world," he said.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sport Newfoundland and Labrador, Olympic Games, Pan Am Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall TRC Boxing Club Torbay Recreation Centre

Geographic location: Canada, Halifax, Argentina St. John's Cape Breton Americas Caribbean Sydney United States China Cuba

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  • tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    congrats to a great person. by the way he got his red hair playing goal the red lite continually going on eventually turned the color .

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Good Job Fox!!!

  • tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    congrats to a great person. by the way he got his red hair playing goal the red lite continually going on eventually turned the color .

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Good Job Fox!!!