Ellen Connor, owner of the Sooke Boxing Club, sees boxing as a fitness opportunity for anyone, whatever their age. Despite the stereotype of boxing as an aggressive sport, Connor sees more women choosing boxing as a workout regime because of its many health benefits.

“Women have for their own reasons for taking up this sport,” says Connor. “For some, it’s a form of therapy or a safe way to refocus stress and frustrations. It’s a way for women to believe in themselves in a way that they hadn’t before.”

Connor feels that the competitive side to female boxing is growing super popular, too. “There are several women fighting this weekend for whom this is a bucket-list type of occasion—like when you turn 40 and decide to run a marathon.”