The athletes won’t be determined for nearly a year, but Boxing Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the coaching staff for its team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.
Boxing NL president Hank Summers said Jason Hayward and Todd Rideout will head up the province’s team as boxing makes a return to the Canada Games roster after being absent from the 2015 Games in Prince George, B.C.
Both Hayward and Rideout are Level 3 coaches with long histories of involvement in the sport, beginning as athletes.
Hayward was a national intermediate champion in 1995 and after moving to the senior ranks, boxed on a number of occasions for Canada internationally. These days, he’s coaching the TRC Boxing Club and was selected by Boxing Canada as one of 25 people from across the country to participate in a week-long AIBA (International Boxing Association) coaching seminar in Montreal later this month.
Rideout boxed out of the Conception Bay South Boxing Club for a number of years and competed at a number of national championships. He then moved to coaching at the C.B.S. club and in that role, has worked at other national championships and the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, the last time boxing appeared at the Games.
With the Red Deer Games just 14 months away, Boxing NL has been preparing a selected group of athletes through training camps and competitions. The final team will be selected three months prior to the commencement Feb. 19 Games.