Former boxing champ Willie deWit becomes Alberta judge

Willie deWit, an Olympian and former world amateur heavyweight boxing champ, is among four new federally appointed judges announced Friday.

DeWit, along with civil lawyer Michele Hollins, will replace two outgoing judges in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench.

Calgary provincial court Judge Marilyn Slawinsky will be returning to her roots, taking a seat on the bench in Red Deer, while Edmonton civil lawyer Ritu Khullar has been appointed to sit in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench.

DeWit was already famous in Canada before he became a lawyer in 1995, having won the world amateur heavyweight boxing championship in 1983.

That followed a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1982. DeWit also won a silver medal in the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.


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