OCTOBER 26, 2022 | TORONTO, ON. – On October 15, twenty female athletes from across Ontario met in Milton for a Novice all-female training camp hosted by the Female Development Committee (FDC) through Boxing Ontario.

Held at Farm Girl Fitness, this camp introduced the athletes to a 360-approach of what a fight training camp entails, including boxing, strength and conditioning drills, a nutrition session, breathwork, and mindfulness.

Athletes participated in padwork sessions with the training camp coaches, shadowboxing, bag work, partner drills, a hand wrapping technique session, and outdoor and cross-training conditioning drills. Guest speaker Kim Basler led a nutritional discussion which focused on finding the strongest weight class for one’s body, managing weight expectations in a weight-based sport, fueling one’s body as a boxer, and creating better relationships with food. Training camp concluded with mindful meditation and a breathwork session in the forest.

Thank you to all of the athletes for their participation, hard work, and support of the FDC initiative, making the training camp a huge success: Cheryl Torrance, Anshika Anshika, Elizabeth Pelletier, Ava Sipahioglu, Melodia Gratton Bastien, Madeline E. Handfield, Sharan Takhar, Brandy Riches, Izzy Laverick, Zarah Rogan, Monique Lizon, Abigail Laverick, Keelin Elwood, Mahon Rutherford, Amanda Patterson, Mary McKay, Olivia Quinn, Stephanie Travassos, Kimberlynn Timmermans, and Myriah Roebuck.

Boxing Ontario would also like to thank guest speaker Kim Basler for sharing her knowledge and guiding participants in an important and open dialogue, and Jessie Thomas for hosting everyone at her beautiful Farm Girl Fitness studio and leading the athletes in a “farmers’ chores” cross training circuit and forest mindfulness session.

Finally, Boxing Ontario would like to acknowledge and thank Helene Jafine and the FDC for creating, organizing, and executing a phenomenal camp, and the training camp coaches for dedicating their time and expertise to help the athletes succeed:

  • Jane Cooper (coach)
  • Kristina Ejem (coach)
  • Penny Liembrock (coach)
  • Lee Smith (coach)
  • Helene Jafine (FDC/training camp organizer)
  • Jennifer Ogg (FDC/support staff)

Boxing Ontario and the FDC look forward to hosting more Novice and Open category camps in the future.

Female athletes are invited to a sparring session on the final morning of Boxing Ontario’s Golden Gloves Provincial Championships on Sunday, November 6. Sunday sparring is open to all Boxing Ontario/Canada registered female athletes not in the finals and/or outside of the tournament. Registration in advance is required.

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

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Photos courtesy of Helene Jafine and Jenn Ogg – View full photo album here.

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:

  • FDC Members (contacts available upon request)
  • Boxing Ontario Board Members (contacts available upon request)
  • Erik Olsen (Boxing Ontario Executive Director)