(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor boxer Hunter Lee will join 58 teammates to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, in the Bahamas. From July 18 through 23, the young athletes aged 14 to 18 from the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth will experience what promoters are calling a Caribbean carnival of international sport.
It will also be the largest ever international sporting event held in the Caribbean in over 50 years; the last being the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.
Lee’s Boxing Canada biography says the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club member has been boxing since the age of 13 and took up the sport as a way to get in great shape for football. Knowing the, “physical benefits of the training [he] decided to join his local boxing club.”
After his first month of training, he already had his first fight. He loved the feeling and never stopped afterward! Hunter loves the one-on-one aspect that this sport procures him unlike any other sport.
His accomplishments to date include winning 2017 Canadian champion and 2017 Brampton Cup, and a silver at the 2015 Ringside World Championship. Lee hopes to build on these victories with a place on the Olympic podium in 2020 or 2024, before making his debut as a professional boxer.
Just finishing his last year of high school at St Anne, he plans to attend the University of Windsor to study criminology.
Canada’s Flag Bearer for the Games will be one of Lee’s teammates, 16 year-old boxer Christian Zelenco, from Ridgeway, near Fort Erie.
“We are excited for this group of young athletes, many of whom will be experiencing their first multi-sport Games,” said Richard Powers, the president of Commonwealth Games Canada. “They will follow in the steps of some of Canada’s most successful athletes who started their journey at the Commonwealth Youth Games, such as Commonwealth, World, and Olympic Champion Derek Drouin in high jump. I wish them all a great Games.”
Approximately 1,300 athletes will be contesting a total of 94 medals at the Games, the 6th edition to be held by the Commonwealth Games Federation. Almost all the events will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Nassau, which includes the 15,000-seat Thomas A Robinson stadium, host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the athletics competition.