Boxing Canada names new national head coach
It’s been a long process, but finally Boxing Canada has their man.
In a press release, Boxing Canada announced on their website that they have signed Brazilian coach Joao Carlos Soares Gomes de Barros to be the new national head coach.
“Boxing Canada is confident that Coach Barros is the right candidate to bring its High Performance Program (sic) to new heights and end the medal drought at major Games (sic),” said the press release.
Canada has not won a medal in boxing at the Olympic games since heavyweight David Defiagbon took home silver at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.
“Own the Podium (OTP) is delighted that Boxing Canada has hired a world-class National Coach with experience of producing Olympic Games medalists,” said Mark Hahto, Own the Podium’s director for summer sport. “The addition of Coach Barros will also allow for an expansion of Boxing Canada's National Training Center in Montreal at the INS Québec. OTP is confident that both Elite and Next Generation coaches will greatly benefit from the wide range of knowledge and experience that the new coach brings to Canada.”
According to Boxing Canada, Barros brings 33 years of experience with him to Boxing Canada, including four world championships and four Olympic medals. Amongst them was 60 kg. gold medalist Robson Conceicao, who is already 4-0 as a professional since the Olympic games.
“There is a tremendous amount of potential in Canada.” Barros said. “I strongly believe that my experience and methodology will benefit the Canadian program in order to step onto the podium at major Games. I look forward to developing world-class boxers and coaches.”
Barros’ first test as coach will come at the end of September as members of the national team will travel to Ireland to take part in the Celtic Cup.