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SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 | TORONTO, ON. – On September 16-18, elite female athletes from across Ontario gathered in Peterborough for an all-expense-paid three-day training camp hosted by Boxing Ontario and its Female Development Committee (FDC).  

The camp, which was hosted at Corcoran’s Boxing Club and Fitness Centre, included strength and core conditioning, hand pads/bag work, as well as sparring and technical sparring. Athletes also challenged themselves to the outdoor Spartan obstacle course located at Corcoran’s as a cross-training and team-building experience. 

Athletes and female coaches were provided with accommodation at the Hockey Hotel, a special facility that was designed for coaches to engage their athletes in a fun, creative manner for the ultimate team-building experience.

On Sunday, September 18, the President of Boxing Ontario and 3-Star IBA Referee and Judge, Jennifer Huggins, attended the camp and spoke to all attendees about scoring criteria and its application to competition.

The training camp also provided Open Category female boxers (11 or more bouts) with an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Provincial Championships on November 3-6, 2022.

Boxing Ontario would like to thank all of the athletes for their hard work and dedication throughout the camp: Zena Abdo, Pawandeep Birdi, Rosalind Canty, Stephanie Conley, Maxine Deciantis, Nicole Drury, Aranka Golphy, Jenna Karon, Abigail Laverick, Gloria Lim, Izabella Nagy, Sereena Nahmabin, Damellys Natareno, Megan Kay Pahati, Simran Takhar, Vanshika Vanshika, Grace Wanyura, Sunny Yang, and Meng Zhang.

Additionally, Boxing Ontario extends a special thank you to the athletes’ personal coaches for enabling their boxers to attend, learn, form friendships, and to experience life at a camp that historically has been a privilege afforded to Provincial and/or National-level athletes.  

Finally, Boxing Ontario would like to acknowledge and thank the Training Camp coaches for dedicating their time and expertise in order to help the athletes advance, and the Camp support staff and FDC committee members for organizing and executing a successful camp: Josh Canty (Head Coach), Jay Corcoran (Assistant Coach/Strength Coach), Elysia Corcoran (Assistant Coach), Cris Aquinaldo (Assistant Coach), Rozita Shahriari, (Assistant Coach), Jennifer Ogg (FDC/Support Staff), Tom Hennessey (Support Staff), Kathy Sjouwerman (Support Staff), Helene Jafine (FDC).

Boxing Ontario and the Female Development Committee is committed to the advancement of boxing in Ontario through education, positive leadership, and inclusivity. This was the first Training Camp of its kind hosted by Boxing Ontario, and it will not be the last.  

The next Female Development Training Camp will take place on October 15 in Milton, ON with an emphasis on the Novice boxer and a 360-approach to what athlete training should include.

The next All-Female Sparring opportunity will be held on the final day of the Legends of Boxing Series tournament on September 25 and is open to women of all ages and levels of experience.

For more information about Boxing Ontario, the FDC, and future training camps and events, visit


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About Boxing Ontario:

Boxing Ontario is the only governing body for Olympic-style boxing in Ontario. As such, it is affiliated with Boxing Canada (CABA), the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, & Sport. Founded in 1972, Boxing Ontario encompasses over 150 clubs, 2,500 competitors, and more than 12,000 recreational members.

About the Female Development Committee:

The Female Development Committee (FDC) creates ongoing opportunities for female athletes to develop through methods including, but not limited to, sparring, training camps, competitions, outreach to other provinces, and events. Additionally, the FDC develops initiatives to recruit more female athletes of all ages, executes any other development initiatives that present themselves, and assists the High-Performance Committee when necessary.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Freeman | Communications, Boxing Ontario | [email protected] |+1 (416) 426-7250

Interview Opportunities:

Interviews are available virtually, via email or phone with:

  • Jennifer Huggins (President, Boxing Ontario) 
  • Board, FDC Members, Coaches and athletes (contacts available upon request)