Nova Scotia

Dartmouth boxing club sending 5 fighters to national championships

Tribal Boxing Club is sending five of its boxers to the Canadian Boxing Championships this spring.

'I’m bringing them up as warriors with a lot of love,' says coach

Five boxers from the Tribal Boxing Club in Dartmouth, N.S., will compete in the Canadian Boxing Championships this year. (Submitted by Tribal Boxing Club)

A Dartmouth, N.S., boxing club is sending five of its fighters to the Canadian Boxing Championships this spring.

Tribal Boxing Club's owner and head coach, Bridget Stevens, is excited to see some familiar faces make the competition in Victoria in late April.

The boxers headed to the championships are Renae Cowal, Natali Fagan, Eddie James, Holly McDonald and Mohamed Milad.

Bridget Stevens is among the few female boxing instructors in the region. (Amy Smith/CBC)

Stevens said her career as a coach began after she was injured.

"My dream was to become a world champion and to be representing myself coming from poverty on the reservation," said Stevens, who is from the Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton. 

"When my dream shattered because I hurt my jaw, I was in depression, in bed. It was traumatizing. I didn't even want to live on."

Stevens found her footing again after she was asked to help train a fellow boxer.

"He fought his heart out, he had a heart of gold, he just needed some skills," said Stevens. "He's a Canadian champion right now."

Tribal Boxing's head coach Bridget Stevens trains professional boxers and UFC fighters. (Amy Smith/CBC)

Stevens said she tries to make Tribal Boxing a positive and safe space for youth. 

"I'm bringing them up as warriors with a lot of love," she said. "It's always positive influence.

"They'll go to war for me if they love me."

With files from Amy Smith


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.