Nelson’s Brayden Hellekson connects with a punch against Seamus O’Brien en route to winning a bronze at the Canada Winter Games. Photo: Kevin Bogetti-Smith/Team BC

Bronze for Nelson boxer at Canada Winter Games

Brayden Hellekson defeated Seamus O’Brien on Wednesday

Nelson’s Brayden Hellekson has won a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games.

Hellekson defeated Seamus O’Brien of Team Newfoundland and Labrador with a second-round stoppage Wednesday to finish third overall in the 81-kilogram category in Red Deer, Alta.

The 16-year-old fighter opened the Games with a stoppage against Alberta’s Josh Peck on Sunday. He then lost a unanimous decision Monday to New Brunswick’s Isaiah Haya despite scoring a knockdown in the first round.

Hellekson reached the bronze-medal fight with split-decision win Tuesday against Saskatchewan’s Quinn Neald.

Nelson has two other athletes competing with Team BC.

Biathlon athlete Keiran Marchand finished 12th in the 7.5-kilometre men’s sprint Sunday before earning 11th in the 10 km pursuit Tuesday.

Reece Hunt meanwhile returns to the Games with Team BC’s women’s hockey squad next week. Her first game is Sunday against Alberta.

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