2011: Vinnie Ryan

Dublin born Vinnie Ryan runs McGrory’s Boxing Club in Hamilton with his wife Val.

He was a world renowned athlete who wanted to give back to the community. No matter the income bracket all athletes are welcome.

The 2005 Hamilton coach of the year and 2006 Boxing Ontario best coach of the year award winner always put his athletes first. When kids couldn’t afford to box, Ryan would train them for free and purchase equipment out of his own pocket.

When asked about the high points of his career, Ryan pointed to his stint as head coach with Boxing Canada. He was at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, world championships in Cuba and Australia and a number of Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games