Women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympic games as a demonstration sport in 1904. However, it has been banned for most of the 20th century. The Swedish Amateur Boxing Association, which sanctioned events for women in 1988, was one of the key countries to revive women’s boxing. At the end of the 20th century the AIBA accepted new rules for Women’s Boxing and approved the first European Cup for Women in 1999 and the first World Championship for women in 2001. On 14 August 2009, it was announced that the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board had approved the inclusion of women’s boxing for the Games in London in the 2012 Olympics.
Nowadays, women’s boxing is growing with more exposure and interesting fights. There are many organizations, including the WBC, WIBA, WIBF, that recognize world championship bouts, and fights are held in more than 100 countries worldwide. However there is still a lack of exposure and funding, especially in the amateur scene. In fact, in Canadian most government and sport organization grants and awards specific to amateur boxing are only available to men. So many women do not have the financial support to train and compete at an international level.
Jaime determined to be one of the few top ranked women in professional boxing and she is also very dedicated to increasing the exposure of women’s boxing in Canada.