May 17-19 | 7pm – West Coast Wonder Women II
Catch the action! Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd
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.”
With it now being an Olympic sport, Connor says the door is wide open for women in boxing.
With Connor’s encouragement, more young girls are trying out the sport through an outreach program she’s created. Female boxers, training to be on the West Coast Wonder Women card, train young girls in schools how to box. They also come up with sponsorship funding that is used to put money back into the program.
Ellen Connor didn’t know she would be coaching when she first took up boxing in her late 30’s. But once she started, she knew it was her sport. Her idea to start a West Coast Wonder Women card stems from her inability to find fights for her 13-year-old daughter, Jill Doucet, who is already a rising young boxer gaining attention in the sport.
“We’ve had to travel long distances to search out fights for her. At 93 lbs., it’s difficult to find someone for her to box with when an average 14-year-old is about 110-115 lbs. Generally, it’s hard for women to find a fight,” said Connor.
But, maybe not as hard as it once was! Thanks to Connor, last year’s West Coast Wonder Women card put Vancouver Island female boxing on the map and is the only international all female card in all of Canada! This year’s event is even bigger with over 40 bouts. The momentum will be spread over 3 days with over 80 female fighters of all ages and talent levels from across B.C. and as far afield as Halifax, Nova Scotia and Boston, Massachusetts.