Kent is very proud of his First Nations (Ininiwak) roots; his family comes from Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochékiwi Sípí). Nicknamed 'the Bullet’, Kent started boxing twenty plus years ago.
His hero growing up was Muhammad Ali, and that is what started his interest in the sport. Since he started boxing with a knockout win in his first bout, Kent has had over a 120 bouts, winning 105 of his matches. In 2000, Kent became the Canadian National Champion and qualified for the Sydney Olympic Games, but was unable to go. In 2002, he won a gold medal at the North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg. Kent is the President of the Manitoba Amateur Boxing Association and a coach at the United Boxing Club where he trains professional, National and recreational athletes. He currently holds a full level three coaching certificate from the National Coaching Certification Program and is working towards his level 4 certification. Kent completed his schooling at the University of Manitoba, and currently works for the Southern First Nations Child and Family Services Authority, as the Director of Human Resources.
Kent believes in melding both his First Nation traditions along with his boxing background into his teaching methods. Respect is his number one rule and believes in teaching our youth the values of our culture through sport. He is a tough trainer that knows personally what it takes to be the one of the best in the world and is able to pass that teaching onto his students in a passionate and caring way. Kent currently coaches two Elite Canadian Amateur champions and one Junior Canadian Amateur champion, as well as successfully runs a recreational program for individuals that want to get healthy and learn the sweet science. He is also the Host/Trainer for the TV show Fit First on APTN.
Kent is a sixteen time provincial champion. In 1995 he won the gold medal in the western Canada games. In 1995 and 1997 he was the golden gloves champion. In 2000 he was a Canadian national team member, in the Canadian Olympic trials winner and a North American Olympic qualifier. In 2002, he won silver in Tijuana, Mexico, bronze in Buenos Aires, Argentina and received a gold medal in the North American indigenous games. Kent also believes in giving back to the youth and community and has been a part of the national organization Motivate Canada. He volunteers by being a motivational speaker for the Esteem Team Program and is one of the founders of GEN7 the Aboriginal Role Model Program and particpates in the ACTIVATE Youth Leadership conference every year.
GEN7 Messenger Kent Brown talks about his role models, the importance of role models to Aboriginal youth and why he believes in the GEN7 Program.