The History Of Women’s Boxing

Did you know that Women’s boxing can be dated back to as early as the 18th century?

This was when Elizabeth Wilkinson fought in London claiming the title of European Championess. She fought both men and women! In those days, boxing allowed kicking, gouging, and other methods of attack that are banned from the sport we know today.

Though women’s boxing started centuries ago, it was not until 2012 that women were allowed to competitively box for the first time at the Olympics. The progress seen at the London 2012 Olympics, led to the world’s first 12 female Olympic medallist boxers.

This International Women’s Day, we want to acknowledge some of the inspiring women who have represented Canada in amateur Olympic and professional boxing!

Mandy Bujold

From Cobourg, Ontario, weighing in at 51 kg (112 lbs.), Mandy Bujold has had numerous titles and victories attributed to her name. She’s won 11 Canadian National Championships, 3 Continental Championships, a Gold medal at the first Pan American Games and a Bronze medal at the first Commonwealth Games that included women’s boxing. In addition to her long list of accolades, Mandy represented Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympics and continues to inspire as she continues along the extremely rocky #RoadToTokyo (Tokyo 2020ne Olympic Games).

Fun Fact: During regular operation at Kingsway Boxing Club, Mandy Bujold would join our Girl’s Youth Program to help inspire and coach our team.

More About Mandy

Mary Spencer

A 75 kilogram middleweight from Wiarton, Ontario, Mary Spencer has won three World Championships, one Pan American Games gold medal, and eight Canadian Championships. In 2012, Mary made history as the first Canadian and the first Aboriginal female boxer to compete in the London Olympics.

More About Mary

Ariane Fortin

Ariane Fortin is a true Canadian hero and a two-time World Boxing Champion. Featured in the film Last Woman Standing and from Quebec, Ariane achieved her career highlight by representing Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She also made headlines at the 2014 Commonwealth Games by winning the silver medal and a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Her journey represents the true definition of perseverance! Fortin was Boxing Canada’s Female Boxer of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

More About Ariane

Kim Clavel

Kim Clavel is a Canadian professional boxer who has held the WBC-NABF light flyweight title since 2019. What really makes Kim Clavel stand out is her commitment to her community. Last year in March 2020 when her first main event was cancelled, she decided to temporarily drop her gloves and get back into her nursing scrubs to help during the pandemic! Truly inspirational!

More About Kim

Caroline Veyre

Caroline won bronze at her very first Canadian championships in 2009. By 2012 she had moved up to claim silver and in 2013 she won the first of her two straight national titles. If that wasn’t impressive enough, in 2013 she made her debut at the American Women’s Continental Championships and won a bronze medal. Veyre went on to earn her spot on the Canadian Team for TORONTO 2015 by winning the Pan Am Games qualifying tournament. She’s now on a mission to qualify and represent Canada at the Tokyo 2020ne Olympic Games.

More About Caroline

Marie-Eve Dicaire

Marie-Ève Dicaire from Quebec, has held the IBF female light middleweight title since 2018. Prior to her professional career, Dicaire represented Canada as an amateur boxer. In 2013, she was named athlete of the year by Boxing Quebec. As of September 2020, she is ranked as the world’s second best active female light middleweight! What a woman!

Fun Fact: On March 5, 2021, Dicaire will be headlining on the “SUPERWOMEN: SHIELDS VS. DICAIRE”, an all-female night of professional boxing, featuring a 10-round 154-pound unification showdown against the undefeated three-division and current WBC/WBO Super Welterweight World champion Claressa Shields.

More About Marie-Eve

Tammara Thibeault

Tammara Thibeault is a beast of a boxer from Quebec. Even fracturing her nose twice in a month did not bring this one’s spirit down! She won gold at the 2017 Pan American Championships at 75kg, bronze at the 2019 World Championships, silver at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, the list just continues. She is power packed and hopes to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games!

More About Tamara

Women’s boxing has come a long way with some of the fiercest females representing the country and this International Women’s Day we truly salute them!


Other female boxers who have paved the way in the sport of boxing include: Jaime Clampitt, Diana Dutra, Lindsay Garbatt, Jeannine Garside, Vanessa Lepage Joanisse, Noriko Kariya, Jelena Mrdjenovich, Jessica Rakoczy, Kara Ro and Vaia Zaganas.

Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

INTRODUCING: Corporate Team Building Programs!

Kingsway Boxing presents our exclusive Corporate Training and Team-Building Program

Are you ready for an intensive visit from our Internationally and Nationally-Certified Coaches!?


This package gets your team off the ropes as we break down the essential components of boxing. Forget PowerPoint…this is power punch time!

Our corporate team building program is easily accessible to the average recreational sports enthusiast, or even to those who haven’t been out from behind their Facebook pages or off the couch in a while!

Our program is structured to systematically demonstrate and participate in the technical, offensive and defensive aspects of boxing with fun, energy and confidence. Available both virtually and on-location.

You are guaranteed to benefit from this program’s ability to sharpen focus, build teamwork and improve confidence.

After our workshops, you will have the knowledge of:

🥊 Basic Boxing Technique

🥊 Body Awareness

🥊 Self defence

🥊 Offensive Tactics…and so much more!


Virgil Barrow | Fight Team Head Coach

Meet Head Coach of Toronto’s Kingsway Boxing Club (KBC) and Fight To End Cancer (FTEC). Not only does he devote his time to 10 Charity Boxers each year, but he is busy year-round developing programs and running the gym… not to mention also being absolutely awesome. In addition to being a competitive boxing coach with nearly 20 years under his belt, Virgil is also certified in childhood, sports and personal nutrition!

Jennifer Huggins | Owner, Senior Coach

Jennifer Huggins owns and operates Kingsway Boxing Club in Toronto, Canada. As a 3-Star International Boxing Referee and Judge with AIBA International Boxing Association, she understands the sport from the inside out. In addition to being a senior coach for at Kingsway, Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of the Fight To End Cancer and President of Boxing Ontario. She is heavily involved in the community, however still manages to find the time to travel the world performing with a World Class Magician.


Ask us about our Rocky Trivia portion! This option can be added to any team building program and guarantees all participants are interactive and prizes to the most knowledgeable team members.

Program Update | Jennifer Huggins

Nov. 1/2020

Latest updates/sessions:

*** Both programs are appropriate for beginners ***

BOXING BASICS WITH KINGSWAY BOXING — Wednesday November 11, 2020: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Led by national and international coaches, Virgil Barrow and Jennifer Huggins, this session will be used to give the participants a complete overview of the basic tools needed to step into the ring! This class will be fun and achievable by all fitness levels. The class will finish off with a boxing 101 trivia session open to all participants! 

BOXING TACTICS WITH KINGSWAY BOXING — Wednesday November 25, 2020: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Led by national and international coaches, Virgil Barrow and Jennifer Huggins, this session will be used to give the participants a an opportunity to develop and test their skills with various technical drills.  This class will be fun and achievable by all fitness levels. The class will finish off with a boxing 101 trivia session open to all participants! Important Notes:

  • Instructors and Program Information: Read Now
  • Participation in the physical activity portion is not mandatory. Win prizes and test your skill and knowledge, or just come for the gifts 🙂 
  • Jen and Virgil will help give participants feedback on their technique and execution provided they feel comfortable with their cameras on (participant screens will not be recorded)

Get Started at Kingsway Boxing Club!



We’ve got 3 great options for newcomers!

Please note that these specials are only available for new clients.

3 TKO Private Training Package: Only $120.00

💪 This promotion offers 3 scheduled 30-minute Private Lessons with a nationally-certified boxing coach or personal trainer.

💪 This package includes the Annual Boxing Ontario License ($25 value)

💪 Regularly $150, this special promo is only $120, which is an amazing value!

💪 This is a great option for someone who really wants that one-on-one instruction to get the absolute most from their workout.

5-Class Starter Package: Only $105.00

🥊 This package includes 5 scheduled classes offered at any of our locations. It also includes unlimited access to “Open Training” hours at the Jutland Location for the duration of the package.

🥊 The regular price is $125, but we have a special promotion offering this package for only $105!

🥊 This is the perfect choice for someone who needs flexibility in their workout schedule. You can sign up for whatever class you feel like that week, and get a good feel for our different programs!

1 Week FREE: Unlimited Virtual Classes

✨ We’re proud to announce that we have a special promo of free access to Unlimited Virtual Classes for 1 week!

✨ Since launching our virtual classes on Zoom, the feedback has been amazing.

✨ Learn the essentials of boxing, spice up your training with HIIT conditioning, or slow down and breathe with beginner yoga – all from the comfort of your own home!

✨ This is the perfect option for someone who’s on the fence about joining Team KBC and doesn’t want to spend too much money up-front. We’re sure you’ll love it!


Starter Boxing Equipment Kit Includes:

👊 1 pair of Mexican hand wraps

👊 1 pair of vinyl boxing gloves

👊 Face Mask, 1 mini-boxing keychain or 1 mouth guard (not necessary for non-contact programs)

👊 1 speed skipping rope

These are just a few of our awesome offerings.

You can learn more about all our programs at the Services page.

We can’t wait to meet you!



✅ STEP 1: Review Boxing Ontario ‘Return To Training’ and Kingsway Boxing COVID Protocols and Procedures 

✅ STEP 2: (MANDATORY PHASE 1 & 2) Register For Boxing Ontario Recreational Licence ($20.00 Annually)

✅ STEP 3: Book In For Classes or Appointments

Introducing: Nutrition Advising with Jason Prowse!

We’re excited to announce Nutrition Advising, now available to book with Jason Prowse of Hook & Cross Fitness!

Using basic principles of caloric deficits and macro-nutrient allocation, Jason provides a top-line plan to help you achieve your weight goals. Support is offered through 3rd-party apps and messaging to answer your burning questions and demystify nutrition to make things simple.

Putting the right food in your body is up to you, but Jason can give you the plan to follow. 3rd-party apps and additional purchases may be required based on what program suits you best.

This services is suitable for those who are new or experienced with nutrition:

🥗 For newcomers, Jason can help you set goals for weight loss and health improvement, including solutions like 1) removing trouble foods or 2) reducing/removing portions of existing diet.

🥗 For those experienced in nutrition, Jason can help with fat loss or performance/health improvements using solutions such as 1) calculating TDEE, 2) choosing a deficit, and 3) the “Divided Plate” strategy.

🥗 Lastly, for the advanced, Jason can help recreational/pro athletes enhance their performance and physique. This is done through a customized, periodized, macronutrient-ratio driven, prescriptive eating plan.

Nutrition Advising costs $75 for:

✅ 1 x 45-minute consult

✅ 1 x 4-week eating plan

✅ Up to 5 messages per day for questions/ guidance

✅ Renewed every 4 weeks

About Coach Jason Prowse

After taking leave to help his wife fight her battle against cancer, Jason decided not to return to corporate life in the nutrition industry. Instead, he turned his life-long passion for teaching kickboxing and martial arts into a career. Life really is too short not to live it your way!

Physical fitness as well as martial arts have always been important to Jason and a constant in his life. Helping others is equally important. Since he was 5 years old, he’s seen martial arts transform hundreds of lives, and he wants that for you too, even if you never plan to step foot in a kickboxing ring. ​

His experience:

  • 35 years Martial Arts experience, 2 x Black Belt
  • FCKI Certified Trainer, First Aid Certified, CPD Diploma Sports Nutrition
  • Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai 

His combat sport achievements:

  • CCKSF 6 x Canadian Sparring Heavyweight, & Middleweight Champion
  • World Kobudo Shuai Jiao Heavyweight Champion
  • EKKA Karate Kumite Eastern England, Central, National Champion

Small Group Adult Boxing Classes are HERE!


Our Small Group Drop-In Classes are physically-distanced, drop-in sessions.

These classes are run by Boxing Ontario, Nationally-Certified Coaches. Participants will learn the technical movement and mechanics of boxing, along with being challenged physically in a whole new way. The classes offered at Kingsway Boxing are suitable for all fitness levels!

Students will be put through a series of drills, both technical and conditioning. The difficulty of the drills vary making classes challenging, however allowing those at lower fitness levels to pace themselves. Conditioning classes include full body conditioning and toning, combination drills and a minimum of 10 rounds of boxing and skipping. These classes will have you working the bag like a pro!

Special Note: We’re now offering HIIT Strength with Maria Every Monday 5:30 pm at THE HIGH PERFORMANCE STUDIOS | 3046 Bloor St. W. Toronto ON. Use the link below to reserve classes below.


OPTION 1 – Reserve Classes Now: Use the “Reserve Classes” link and navigate to the class dates you would like to reserve. The system will guide you through the booking process.

OPTION 2 – Request Ongoing Enrollment: If there’s one or more class want to enroll for weekly, we can arrange ongoing enrollment. You can cancel the class reservation within 24 hours of the class without losing a session.

Important Note: With ongoing changes to COVID protocols, it’s important you read and agree to the KBC Guidelines BEFORE attending each class: Read KBC COVID Protocols

Adult Boxing (Ages 18+) — SMALL GROUP DROP-IN OPTIONS


  • Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:15pm
  • [Heavy Bag] Every Tuesday 6:15 pm
  • Every Saturday at 9:00am

[BLOOR LOCTION] High Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor Street West

  • [HIIT Strength] Every Monday at 5:30 pm
  • Every Wednesday at 8:15pm

Pricing Options:

  • 5 Class Starter Pack – $105.00
  • 10 Drop-In Classes – $225.00
  • 20 Drop-In Classes – $400.00
  • 45 Drop-In Classes – $675.00 (this package can be shared with family members)


Here are a few things you should know before we get started: 


  • Line up outside and wait to be screened by your coach (ensure you’ve got your Daily Screening Tool Complete. Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the session starts.
  • Wear a mask when we first meet. You may take it off once you’ve been placed in your workout section and you begin your physical activity.
  • You will be required to sanitize your hands upon location entry before we start the session.
  • Maintain your 6’ separation when training unless you are with the same family or bubble group. Keep your masks handy in case you need to move outside of your allotted space or use the washroom facilities.
  • If you cannot make the session, please give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice in advance. This is important for contact tracing.
  • Please read full protocols: KBC COVID Protocols.


  •  Account Login: Ensure your information is updated so we can communicate any updates
  • Come dressed and ready to train, including your workout shoes. Change rooms are off limits due to COVID Protocols. If it’s a rainy day outside, please ensure you wipe your feet throughly
  • Bring a full water bottle
  • Avoid bringing large bags. But we know you may be coming from school, so we will have cubbies!


Program Update | Jennifer Huggins

Jul. 2/2021

Happy Canada Day Team KBC!

Please note that with the exception of Saturday 9 am Virtual Boxing, all group and virtual classes are cancelled for the holiday weekend, with regular schedule resuming Monday July 5. 

Please note the following:

  • Saturday July 3 – 9am Virtual Boxing will run as scheduled
  • Monday July 5 – 6:30 pm Weekly HIIT Drop-In Classes begin at our High Performance Studio
  • Wednesday July 7 – 8:15 pm  Weekly Boxing & Conditioning Classes begin at our High Performance Studio
  • Thursday July 8 – 5:15 pm Youth Class begin at our Boxing Gym Location
  • 10 New Spots have opened up in Jo-Anne’s Bootcamp and Muscle+Run (every Tuesday and Thursday) More Info
  • High Performance Trainer, Maria Gernega has opened her schedule for private training Every Monday 10 am – 5:15 pm More Info

RESERVE CLASSES NOW – Or feel free to connect directly with me to discuss any options or next steps. Thank you again for all of your patience and support as we continue to navigate the legislation and protocols.

Important Notes

  • This Code is updated each month for members only – PLEASE DO NOT SHARE
  • Seasonal program access code is different

Best Regards,

Jennifer Huggins

Kingsway Boxing Club

Program Update | Jennifer Huggins

Oct. 11/2020

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving Kingsway Boxing Family,

I’m contacting you directly today to clarify next steps following the announcement of the “Modified Phase 2” in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region. 

This announcement directly affects ALL Kingsway Boxing Members and Programs, however as a Licenced Club of Boxing Ontario, we WILL remain open until further notice. Read Official Boxing Ontario Statement

Please note the following steps that MUST be taken Before your next visit:

STEP 1 – Register For Boxing Ontario Recreational Licence ($25.00 Annually): (MANDATORY PHASE 1 & 2) This Licence will allow access to our facilities throughout Phase 2 and ensures the member is covered under the Kingsway Boxing Club & Boxing Ontario insurance.

Important Note: 2020 licences are valid until Dec. 31 2020. Competitive Boxers holding their Boxing Ontario Competitive Licence do not require the Recreational Licence.

  • Part A: REGISTER NOW – ALL Returning clients require this licence. *Note that Competitive Boxers holding their Boxing Ontario Competitive Licence do not require the Recreational Licence. This Licence ensures the member is covered under the Kingsway Boxing Club insurance.
  • Part B: COMPLETE FORM (attached) – Please complete the form and send to (use CamScanner for smartphones)

STEP 2 – Complete KBC Screening Tool BEFORE Every Visit: Complete Now & Save Link For Easy Access

Thank you for your patience and support, we appreciate it more than words!

In The Meantime, Keep Your Hands Up… And Clean! 👊

Best Regards,

LAST CALL: Fall 2020 Kingsway Boxing Programming


Please see below for more info about our Fall 2020 programming.

From youth programs to seasonal offerings, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to register now before space runs out. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate this new normal!

In The Meantime, Keep Your Hands Up… AND CLEAN 👊


KIDS 7+ CLASSES (Starts Sept. 8)

Offered Every Tuesday at 4:15 pm and Saturday at 10:00 am

We’re excited to re-introduce our Kids 7+ Classes as a physically-distanced program suitable for all levels. With limited space available.


Offered every Thursday at 5:15 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am

Participants can expect to learn the technical movement and mechanics of boxing, along with being challenged physically in a whole new way.


Offered every Thursday at 5:15pm and Saturday at 11:00 am

The Girls’ Youth Boxing Classes are run by Canadian National Coach and 3-Star International Referee, Jennifer Huggins. After recognizing the incredible impact the sport has had on her life, she felt it was necessary to share her passion with the youth of the community.



Adult Boxing Small Group Classes are physically-distanced sessions conducted at both Kingsway Boxing Club locations.

Our Small Group classes are run by Boxing Ontario, Nationally Certified Coaches. Participants can expect to learn the technical movement and mechanics of boxing, along with being challenged physically in a whole new way. The classes offered at Kingsway Boxing are suitable for all fitness levels!


Looking to get in for a safe alternative to group training? We’re now offering private training with out team of Personal Trainers and Nationally Certified Coaches!

Book in with a boxing coach to learn the essentials of boxing, or to get the best workout of your life. If you’re looking for a workout that incorporates weights and overall fitness, our roster of coaches are also nationally certified personal trainers.


MUSCLE + RUN PROGRAM (Starts Sept. 8)

Offered every Tuesday at 6:00 pm

Join Jo-Anne Sheffield, Kingsway Boxing High Performance Trainer and seasoned marathoner, in an outdoor group training session. Muscle + Run is a unique training system that incorporates strength training with running. All fitness and running levels are welcome and encouraged. Enjoy an outdoor group workout, meet new people, and get a great workout!


Offered every Wednesday at 4:00 pm

Power4Teens Fitness Program for Girls is brought to you by our fitness guru Shyanne McPherson at our High Performance Studios (3046 Bloor Street West). This program focuses on improving the function of both the mind and body to create improved physical fitness and mental positivity.


Offered every Wednesday at 6:00 pm

Learn the Art of 8 Limbs in this 6-week Kickboxing class with rockstar coach and instructor Jacqueline Walters. Heighten your cardio, improve your strength, and learn how to introduce elbows, knees and feet into your combative arsenal. Body-weight strength training accompanies Kickboxing skills development. Suitable for all levels.


Offered every Thursday at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Adapted to our new small group/physically-distanced format, HIIT Conditioning incorporates interval training, functional fitness, strength training, and stretching. Our exclusive HIIT Conditioning programs, brought to you by Jo-Anne Sheffield, are conducted at our fully-renovated High Performance Studio with select classes offered virtually for access anytime, anywhere!


Offered every Sunday at 4:00 pm

These classes are conducted virtually AND at our fully renovated High Performance Studios, incorporating head-to-toe stretching and strengthening. Slow Flow Hatha Yoga with Patricia Else is focused on recharging, refreshing and restoring.


Offered every Monday at 4:00 pm

This 6 week mobility program will improve your overall Stability, increase your Mobility, and lead you towards building better overall Strength from your existing workout. This program was developed by Jim Marinow, who is a Registered Massage Therapist/Fascial Stretch Therapist working with New Age Physio.

FUSION-FIT FOR WOMEN (Starts Sept. 15)

Offered every Tuesday at 9:30 am

Join Colleen Layug, our Fusion-Fit High Performance Specialist, in this 8-week physically-distanced program. Each and every class is unique and challenging. Open to all fitness levels. If you’re looking for a class that has real possibilities, sign up today!


The Kingsway Boxing Family has been back to training since June. As we build routines, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure. Thank you for your support.

Staff and Clients may temporarily remove face coverings during physical activity — they’re only required to enter and exit the facility. However, keeping your face covered while training remains your personal option. Please discuss with your trainer before your next session.


Our #FTEC2021 Charity Boxing Gala Locked, Reloaded, And Scheduled For Saturday June 5, 2021

The Kingsway Boxing Family has been back to training since June. As we build routines, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure. Thank you for your support.



Growing up, Phil attended some of the biggest boxing matches seen in Canada. 

In 2004, Phil stumbled into the sport when he met his coach at his local fitness club. Since that day, he has been a part the DNA that makes up the Kingsway Boxing family. 

Today, Phil spends his days with the Team KBC as a Senior Boxing Coach working with kids, teens, and adults.

He’s done it all: Competitive Boxing, coaching, and continuing to share the sport of boxing with his community. 

Certifications: Boxing Ontario Certified Coach, CPTN Personal Trainer, First Aid & CPR


Why Running Should Be Part of Your Boxing Regime | By: Jo-Anne Sheffield

Running + Boxing
Jo-Anne Sheffield: Running for my physical and mental health

Why Running Should Be Part of Your Boxing Regime | By: Jo-Anne Sheffield

Humans are built to run. As hunters we survived by running to catch our prey and biomechanically, we are built to run. Just look at the shape of our feet, bodies, spine and our ability to sweat making us able to run long distances.

There are many physical benefits to running like improved cardiovascular output, building muscular strength, burning calories and with-it fat, but for me, the benefits are more mental. You see, when we run our brain releases a chemical called endorphins which helps our nervous system cope with pain and stress. And after running long distances some people (me included) have a ‘runners high’. It has also been proven that running can improve your mind at any age and fight age-related cognitive decline plus spending just 30 minutes on a treadmill is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder, according to a study published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

There are many ways to add running to your fitness regime, especially if you’re a boxer. Just think Rocky. He didn’t walk up those stairs in Philadelphia he ran them, over and over again.

Run-Walk Method

If you’re new to running, it’s best to start with a run/walk plan. This method was created by US Olympian Jeff Galloway and the concept is to not walk when you feel tired but to take a short break and then stay at the same pace throughout the run.

Ideally you want to start running longer and walking less. This is an effective way to start getting your cardiovascular output up without leaving you winded and discouraged.

Improving Run Performance

If you’re already a runner and want to improve your pace or distance, consider finding a run coach or online plan to help guide you through the process and set realistic goals. There are also run groups if you need the comradery and accountability of group to push you to the next level.

Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss running or any cardio/fitness related topics.


Join HIIT Conditioning at Kingsway Boxing Club Every Monday At 5:45pm

More Info

Jo-Anne Sheffield | High Performance Instructor | Personal Trainer

Jo-Anne is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who brings a commitment to health and fitness, combined with enthusiasm and experience to create fun, high energy and athletic classes.

An avid runner and marathoner Jo-Anne believes cross training is an important part of developing overall fitness and her classes are designed to strengthen muscles, maintain a strong core, increase cardiovascular output and promote flexibility.

Jo-Anne’s moto is “Just keep moving” and while she has run many races she is particularly proud of her two Boston marathon finishes.


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Jennifer Huggins: Notable Young Entrepreneur

Photographed by Dan Lim ( Image: Jennifer Huggins (Kingsway Boxing Club).
Photographed by Dan Lim ( Image: Jennifer Huggins (Kingsway Boxing Club).

Fight To End Cancer is proud to announce that its Founder & Executive Director, Jennifer Huggins, was recently featured on’s prestigious “Notable Young Entrepreneur” list.

Being featured on this list is an incredible opportunity for young professionals, both here in Toronto and nationally across Canada!

This bestowed recognition of Jennifer’s hard work by for being a driven, entrepreneurial force in the philanthropic and professional sports industries, is a true honour for her and Fight To End Cancer, as a whole.

Congratulations Jennifer! Very well deserved.

You can read her interview with below:

1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.

CEO, Founder and Serial Entrepreneur. Gym Owner, Boxing Referee, Director. All titles help describe what I do for work – barely touching on what I hope to achieve.

2. What was the inspiration for your career route?

My peers, community and mentors are constantly inspiring me. My career has been heavily influenced by my life in the sport of Olympic boxing. However, it was where I started as a competitive figure skater that inspired me the most and developed my competitive drive.

3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?

The most memorable milestone in my career to date happened only last month. I was selected to work two back-to-back Olympic boxing tournaments – the European Championships in Bulgaria and the American Continental Championships in Venezuela. Both of these tournaments served as qualifiers for the World Championships, which are the qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Another memorable milestone that ties in very closely to these tournaments was the accomplishment of working in Taipei earlier this year at the Women’s World Championships. What made this milestone so special was the fact that I managed to be halfway across the world while my team was home in Toronto executing the official media day for my annual fundraiser, Fight To End Cancer. This was the first time in my career that I was able to plan and delegate successfully with the outcome being such a positive experience for all who were involved.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?

Somewhere… Anywhere… Everywhere – hopefully in that order! Many entrepreneurs would agree that a question like this is very difficult to answer. Our success, ambitions and, sometimes, happiness is heavily hinged on the ever-changing world around us. Five years can be a generation – 10 years a lifetime – 20 years a blessing. I guess if I had to make a prediction, or even just a wish, I will hopefully be working with the youth of the community inspiring change, encouraging community involvement, and trying to have a positive impact on the world we leave for future generations to come.

5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Focus on achieving your goals, but don’t put on the blinders. Personal success is defined by your ability to appreciate the impact of your accomplishments. It is important to take a step back to be inspired by yourself more than the approval of those around you. This has always been my recipe to muster up the energy when things get tough… and things will get tough at times!

6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?

I support the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation through my annual gala fundraiser, Fight To End Cancer. This foundation means so much to me personally, to my close friends and family, and to the future of the world we live in. It is important to support those who help make an impact, not only in the present but also for the future. The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is making a difference now and has made it their mission to create a brighter, cancer-free future.

Photographed by Vincent Dayrit (
Photographed by Vincent Dayrit (

7. What does the word notable mean to you?

Interesting to someone – maybe many people. Worth taking note of.


1. Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?

“Mom and Pop” diners anywhere around the city. I love feeling nostalgic while taking in the warm company of people who live, breath and literally eat what they believe in.

2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser?


3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?

Muhammad Ali.

4. What’s your favourite cocktail?

Rye and Ginger.

5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?

My greatest FOMO comes from good weather. Looking out the window on a beautiful day from my office can be a harsh reminder of other important things in life that I may be missing out on. Sacrifice, many times, includes things that are within reach.

6. What would be your last meal? And don’t hold back…

A starter of curry butternut squash soup with sour cream mixed on top with green onion garnish; lamb chops, medium rare, with gnocchi and some sort of gravy with a red wine base; finishing with the biggest ice cream sundae that has every topping (except for nuts because I’m allergic and that would definitely make it my last meal!)

7. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

eBay Junky – when I can’t sleep, or sometimes it’s the catalyst to my insomnia, I like to buy ridiculously awesome items that cost less than $2 with free shipping from eBay!

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pan para logoThe month of July was an exciting time for the City of Toronto by successfully hosting the 2015 Pan American Games (not to mention the ParaPan Am Games about to begin this week). Toronto proudly accommodated thousands of athletes, coaches, families and supporters from 41 countries internationally.

For many Torontonians, it was a hard decision on which sport to focus on and who to cheer for, as there were so many to choose from. However, for the team at Fight To End Cancer – boxing was our “Main Event”. The sport of boxing remains the headlining entertainment at our annual gala fundraiser in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation; however, it was especially highlighted upon at our 2015 edition that took place this year on May 30th.

Our friend, Mandy Bujold, attended Fight To End Cancer 2015 as a special guest and presented an award to our Co-Main Event, which featured two of our female corporate fighters, Erica McMaster and Paige Cunningham. In addition to presenting the award, Bujold took a moment to talk to our guests about her experiences as a female in boxing and the journey she has embarked on towards competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was a truly inspirational moment for the many men and women in attendance at our gala that will hopefully encourage some to take a stronger interest in the sport that she has devoted her life to for over a decade.

51kg Women's Elite Boxing GOLD Medalist posing with Abbey after her fight in the Pan Am Games. Abbey's Mom Dawn Ramsey-Brown fought in the 2014 Fight To End Cancer.
51kg Women’s Elite Boxing GOLD Medalist Mandy Bujold posing with Abbey after her fight in the 2015 Pan Am Games. Abbey’s mom, Dawn Ramsey-Brown, fought in the 2014 Fight To End Cancer.

With an already impressive amateur-boxing resume and a passion and drive to fight in the Olympics, Bujold managed to recently add a major new notch to her belt after capturing the Women’s Elite 51kg GOLD medal for Canada, at this years’ 2015 Pan Am Games.

We would like to send a huge congratulations to Mandy and all of our incredible Team Canada athletes, who continue to inspire greatness! Fight To End Cancer would also like to send a special shout-out to the Boxing Canada team for bringing in 3 GOLD and 3 BRONZE medals! It is these athletes who continue to inspire our corporate, amateur fighters to train to become true boxers, before stepping into our ring to take part in the fight to end cancer.


When the winner of the 51kg Women's Elite GOLD medalist was announced - Mandy Bujold
When the winner of the 51kg Women’s Elite GOLD medalist was announced – Mandy Bujold

The gold medalists for boxing in the 2015 Pan Am Games Left to Right: Arthur Biyarslanov (64 kg) - Mandy Bujold (51kg) - Caroline Veyre (60kg)
The gold medalists for boxing in the 2015 Pan Am Games
Left to Right: Arthur Biyarslanov (64 kg) – Mandy Bujold (51kg) – Caroline Veyre (60kg)