I have been an active member at the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy since I was just nine years old. After ten years of both volunteering and competing this place has become my second home and is heavily responsible to how I've grown into the person I am today. The sport alone gave me many exceptional opportunities that any kid would be lucky to have, but only hard work and dedication can earn. I've travelled the world, received athletic carding, been awarded many notable achievements and gold medals including multiple provincial titles and one national championship. However, this sport also gave me many principles and characteristics that helped me grow into a better person in the community. When in a sport winning seems like everything in the end, but our coaches made the journey to success just as important as the final win. We were always taught to give back to the people that helped us get to that final win. This included little things like cleaning up our amazing training facility, fundraising for future tournaments, and volunteering our time back to those who gave their time and effort to help us. After training and competing at the elite level for 3 years, I decided to reduce my training and competition schedule to focus more on my education for post-secondary, but this didn't mean I'd stop coming into the gym. After all my time spent at the gym it's highly necessary that I give back to my second home. This includes volunteer coaching the upcoming elite athletes and also just running recreational classes during the week. I've also been included in volunteering for charitable events such as boxing shows to raise money for Children's Wish Foundation, collect food for the Food Bank, Walk for Lupus, etc.