Update: February 16 3:00 pm
It has been confirmed that the Sandhills Boxing annual meet will be taking place on May 7.
Sandhills Boxing has been quite steady the past little while. Included is a new Ladies boxing class held every other Monday, and a meet in Medicine Hat this past weekend with a couple of competitors.
There are around 30 kids registered for classes which are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Ken Blohm, who runs the boxing club out of Leader, is optimistic for the immediate future of the boxing club.
“We've been going steadily, working as hard as we can, trying to attract as many people as we can. It's been a little bit slower than usual, but things are looking up. We are very excited for the upcoming season. We have the Canada Winter Games in 12 months, so if we can keep going all summer we will,” Blohm said.
On the topic of Ladies Boxing, Blohm said his wife Isabelle has been doing it for the past few months, and the response has been quite positive.
“Isabelle’s been doing ladies boxing every second Monday at 7:00 pm, and the ladies have been showing up, really enjoying that. Again, it's not a situation where they all want to compete, just a bunch of ladies want to get together in a safe environment and workout just to feel better and get in shape,” Blohm added.
As for the competitors going down to Medicine Hat, Blohm said things went relatively well for the both of them.
“My daughter Willow Blohm, nine years old, had her fifth moment in the ring and this wasn't a competitive match. It was not a fun box because there was a 15 lbs. Difference, it was considered a sparring opportunity. So, these two girls got the opportunity to get in there and the other girl, like I said, is 15 pounds heavier. So, with her having no experience in the ring and Willow being her fifth time, it was a very good match up. Willow did a great job showing off her footwork, her head movement and her hand speed, nobody got hurt and everybody was very happy with the way it turned out. Ryder had a great competitive match this weekend. It was his first real competitive match and unfortunately as hard as he fought, we came up a little bit short. He lost to a split decision, but in this case, he didn't lose this match, he just didn't get the win,” Blohm said about the weekend.
Blohm was also happy just to get out of the gym and be able to meet and talk to people once again.
“This is the first time in two years that we're able to get out of our gym and go to a competition. It was great to see all the faces that we hadn't seen for such a long time. A lot of great matches in Medicine Hat this weekend. The kids got to see some older kids work and what they do and it was a great experience just watching,” Blohm added.
And Blohm is optimistic about holding their meet in April for the first time since 2019 thanks to COVID restrictions.
“We are very excited about the upcoming changes and hopefully we will be hosting our show sometime at the end of April,” Blohm said.
Expect more updates on Sandhills Boxing in the coming months leading up to the meet scheduled for April.