Jesse Carter

Four local fighters come home with medals from recent Silver Gloves boxing tournament



By Ron Giofu


Four local fighters that train out of the Fighting Island Boxing Club travelled to the recent Silver Gloves tournament and came home with medals.

Tyler Fraser and Jesse Carter each won gold medals, Eric Leardi captured a silver medal and Nate DiPasquale won a bronze medal.

Leardi said it was his first experience at a boxing tournament and the super-heavyweight spent six months training.

“We’ve got a good team here. We get along well and we push each other,” said Leardi.

The Silver Gloves tournament was a “phenomenal experience” and that he “can’t say enough” about how good it was. He said boxing has a perception of being a barbaric sport are not the case, praising the sportsmanship that goes into it.

“It’s a team sport. It’s very humbling,” he said. “You really get a different level of competitive bonding.”

DiPasquale said the experience at the Silver Gloves tournament was fun, stating he had a good game plan going in.

Four fighters from Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club won medals recently at the Silver Glovers tournament. From left: Tyler Fraser, Nate DiPasquale, coach  Matt DiPasquale, Eric Leardi, Jesse Carter.

“I thought I fought well,” he said. “I felt I fought well with one of the elite guys in my division.”

DiPasquale, who fought in the 152 lbs. weight class, said it was definitely one of his bigger fights and wanted to use it as a measuring stick to see how far he has progressed. He believes his progress is due to his teammates at the Fighting Island Boxing Club as well as the coaches.

“It feels good,” Carter said of his gold medal.

Carter fought twice with his weight class being 132 lbs. He said when you walk out of the ring as the best in the province at your age and weight class, “it shows how far you’ve come.”

This is one of the bigger fights he’s been in, said Carter, who trains at the Fighting Island Boxing Club about three nights per week.

Fraser said “it feels pretty good. I worked pretty hard for it so I’m glad I got the win.”

The gold medal was one of Fraser’s bigger accomplishments and was his third fight. He said it was “pretty special” to come home with a gold medal.

“I train every day (the boxing club) is open,” he said. “Then I go to the gym and then I also work out at home.”

Fraser added he likes seeing the results of what can happen when you train hard.

Coach Matt DiPasquale said “it was an amazing experience” and that he was proud to be their coach. He said the fighters definitely exceeded expectations.

“We definitely have a name for ourselves,” Matt added, of the Fighting Island boxers. “We show up and we last. It’s always a hard fight when you fight someone from Fighting Island.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation or sponsor the club can visit the club, located at the corner of Simcoe St. and Victoria St. S. between 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Mission golf tournament raises approximately $6,500



By Ron Giofu


The organizer of the 11th annual Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament is pleased with how this year’s event played out.

“This year, we did really well,” said Winston McAllister. “It was amazing weather and we had great support as always.”

There were 136 golfers this year, McAllister stated.

The tournament was held at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle.

“We were up 40 golfers from last year’s tournament,” he said. “We had a lot of great support from a lot of great sponsors as they really helped us out.”

McAllister, son of mission board of directors president Tim McAllister, said he couldn’t put a finger on exactly why so many people came out this year, but added they have a good core group of golfers that attend with newcomers joining them.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Misson’s golf tournament was Saturday at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle. The winning foursome this year included (from left): Kyle Booker, Jesse Carter, Bruce Bratt and Mark Bondy.

“Hopefully people had fun and continue to come back,” said McAllister, who stated the tournament topped the $6,500 mark.

“Our eleven-year total to date is $62,600,” he said.

All proceeds will go directly back into the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, he added.

“The mission is run 100 per cent by volunteers,” said McAllister. “Whatever their greatest need is, the money will be used to support that.”

McAllister added he thanks all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers and all who supported the July 7 tournament.

“There’s so many people who made this happen,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had with this golf tournament.”

People understand why the mission is needed, he added.

“I th ink the need for the mission is clear,” said McAllister. “Some people fall on hard times. ‘People Helping People’ is their motto and they are here to help the community.”

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and their phone number is 519-736-9140. For more information, visit or “like” them on Facebook at