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Born in Fort William, Ontario in 1912 it was there that this future builder of sport would first develop an understanding of athletics as a participant competing with distinction in softball and baseball, as an oarsman and a boxer.  In the latter field he was especially capable, becoming a Thunder Bay champion in his weight class.

Turning to the building side of sports, he held executive and coaching positions for many decades. His East End involvement with softball lasted for 20 years and saw him manage a number of teams. From 1945-70 he registered continuous service as Secretary-Treasurer of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (AAU of C), in addition to regular service as an official of the boxing and track and field branches of the organization.

His longest tenure as an Executive was with the Can Car Athletic Association, where he was elected by his fellow employees as Treasurer in 1938, and keeping the position until 1980.

From the AAU of C Boxing division, he made his way to the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) when it was formed in 1969, and continued as an executive member for ten years, receiving Life Member honours for his contributions to that organization.  Simultaneously, he became a charter member of the Ontario Boxing Association and Director of Boxing for northwestern Ontario in 1970, and as a boxing representative on the Ontario Athletics Commission. Serving the organization and the sport for nearly two decades, he was granted Life Member honours by Boxing Ontario. In 1975 his contributions to the sport of boxing also earned him induction into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.


Other sports also benefited from this active builder’s dedication which saw him serve as a member of the executive with the Hurricane Junior Hockey Club from 1949-51, the Senior Baseball Association for three years and as a City of Thunder Bay appointed Director for the 1981 Jeux Canada Summer Games Committee.  His contributions at the regional level included over a decade of involvement on the executives of both the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and the Northwestern Ontario Sports Council.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 1985

Nels Scavarelli

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