Boxing Canada: Daniel Trépanier resigns

Boxing Canada’s high-performance director Daniel Trépanier finally handed in his resignation on Sunday, days after the release of an open letter denouncing his practices by more than a hundred athletes, trainers and managers in the amateur boxing community.

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The club announced this in a press release.

“The Board of Boxing Canada has accepted the resignation of Daniel Trépanier as High Performance Director. His resignation takes effect immediately. As such, Boxing Canada will begin discussions with provincial sports organizations over the next few weeks to form a selection committee that will lead the process of hiring a new High Performance Director,” the letter said.

“Boxing Canada’s Board of Directors held emergency meetings over the weekend to discuss ways to improve the organization’s transparency and governance,” the federation added.

The open letter called for the immediate resignation of Trépanier, who had been in office for 14 years. The document, released last Wednesday, lifted the veil on a toxic culture of favoritism and fear at Boxing Canada. In addition, some boxers from the national team are said to have been victims of physical and psychological abuse.

“The Board has decided to expedite the work of the outside expert engaged in March 2022 to conduct a comprehensive review of the high-performance program culture to ensure that athletes and coaches are able to excel in an optimal environment,” Boxing Canada said release in his press.

After the publication of the open letter, boxer Kim Clavel gave a vivid testimony on her social networks to condemn Trépanier’s actions.

The national team member between 2010 and 2017 opened up about her pitfalls with the federation and said she had seen Boxing Canada “put a spoke in the wheel of promising, talented and dedicated athletes”. She was specifically referring to her friend and corner wife Sara Kali.

The latter reacted to Trépanier’s resignation on her Instagram account, calling it “the best day of her life”.

Olympian Myriam Da Silva said it was “the first step” but “there is still work to be done”.

It should also be noted that the International Boxing Association decided to withdraw Trépanier’s accreditation after he requested his resignation. He was therefore unable to oversee the boxers present at this weekend’s Women’s World Championships in Istanbul. Under the man’s leadership, the maple leaf failed to win any Olympic medals, and results in international competitions were starved.

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