The sport of boxing is still thriving in the Leader area as the Sandhills Boxing Club is preparing for a busy schedule in 2019.
One aspect of the club that looks to be promising is the growth in numbers. The club will see more competitors ready for boxing tournaments coming up in the new year, increasing from three competitors this year to ten in 2019.
Ken Blohm, the president and head coach at Sandhills Boxing, encourages people to come out and learn more about the sport. He says people will be surprised to learn how challenging boxing can be to an individual's mind and body.
Blohm mentioned how his competitors that are eligible to box next year have earned their status from all the time they've put into training over the last few months. For him, it's making sure the people he trains are able to control themselves within the ring and they are also prepared for the challenge ahead.
He added how it's great to see interest in the sport from different age groups in the area too. Earlier this month, his 9-year-old daughter Abigaelle had success at a boxing tournament in Lloydminster. He said when boxers are this young though, there are not necessarily any winners or losers; it is more about the children gaining experience in boxing at a young age.
Not only are kids strapping on the gloves in Leader, adults from all walks of life are sparing in the ring. One of his competitors, 42-year-old Teresa Kozak, was crowned as a provincial champion while competing in Lloydminster in her category as well.
So, he says the door is open for anyone who is interested.
The club is hoping to organize a fight night event in April at the boxing club, but nothing has been confirmed yet by the group.