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Kenn Oliver
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BOXING From business suits to boxing trunks, Erin Woodrow to fight for national title

Getting back in the boxing ring after a three-year hiatus was like riding a bike for Erin Woodrow.

"You don't forget," says the 25-year-old St. John's native, recently crowned the western Canadian senior female boxing champion after defeating Marina Mavros - the reigning British Columbia women's 54-kilogram title holder - at the championships in Edmonton last weekend.

Erin Woodrow - Photo courtesy Petro Canada.

Getting back in the boxing ring after a three-year hiatus was like riding a bike for Erin Woodrow.

"You don't forget," says the 25-year-old St. John's native, recently crowned the western Canadian senior female boxing champion after defeating Marina Mavros - the reigning British Columbia women's 54-kilogram title holder - at the championships in Edmonton last weekend.

"You don't realize how much you miss it until you get back in there again."

After completing her commerce degree at Memorial University in 2005, Woodrow hung up her gloves and headed to Europe where she worked in the oil and gas industry for two years. At the time, she figured her days as a female boxer were over.

But three years later, back on Canadian soil and enjoying professional success as a supply chain advisor for Petro Canada, Woodrow decided to start throwing left hooks again.

"I wanted to find something outside of work that was going to keep me motivated and goal-oriented again. I really enjoy setting goals for myself and working towards them and hopefully achieving them," she says.

"And I love to fight. It sounds funny, but it's something I'm passionate about and I really love the sport," she said. "It's technical, you have to be in great shape and there's so many different components you need to have to be successful."

Boxing injuries, however, have sometimes been a hard to explain to coworkers.

Following the western championships, she had to travel to Denver, Col. on business.

"The girls I was fighting were significantly heavier than me, so I had to move quite a lot in my fights but I did end up getting a black eye and then another little one on the other eye."

Training out of the Impact Boxing Club in downtown Calgary, Woodrow is 6-1 this year, the biggest win being her recent title win that earns her the right to compete at the nationals set for January in Quebec.

It won't be the first nationals for "Woody", as she's been dubbed by coworkers out west.

In 2001, she won national junior gold in the 51-kilogram class in. Twice, the Gonzaga graduate has settled for national silver, in 2002 and 2003. She won a bronze medal in 2005.

A win at the '09 nationals guarantees the 5-4 boxer a spot on the national women's roster that is traditionally dominated by fighters from Ontario and Quebec.

Woodrow contends she has a more mature perspective on getting in the ring nowadays, and actually feels she's already surpassed the level she was competing at before her break.

She's so confident, in fact, that she doesn't see capturing a national title in her weight class an unrealistic goal.

"In western Canada, I know I'm competing with and beating women who are provincial champions, who are heavier than I am," she said. "My biggest competition will be Quebec and Ontario. But I know the fighters who'll be my competition and I know it's a challenge. But I also know it's a fight I can win.

"No person (from Newfoundland) has ever won a national senior title so it's always stuck in my head as a something that would be amazing to achieve.

"My only issue is that I would be wearing Alberta on my back. However, I will only ever truly represent Newfoundland, regardless of the province I reside in."

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Petro Canada, Impact Boxing Club

Geographic location: St. John's, British Columbia, Quebec Edmonton Europe Ontario Denver, Col. Calgary Newfoundland Canada Alberta

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  • Shannon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Yay! I'm so proud of you Erin!

  • Shannon
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Yay! I'm so proud of you Erin!