North Van’s Jaime Ward says she still has plenty of goals left to accomplish in the ring, even though she’s a member of Canada’s boxing B-team and a national bronze medal winner.
By Sean Kolenko – North Shore Outlook
Published: February 23, 2011 1:00 PM
Updated: February 23, 2011 1:59 PM
Jaime Ward can’t remember the first time she got punched in the face. But she does recall the first time an opponent cleaned her clock.
“The first time I sparred with a experienced opponent, she beat the crap out of me,” says Ward, with a laugh.
“Oh my God.”
But, Ward says, that’s what keeps you going. Every cut lip, black eye and exhausted muscle makes you a better boxer. It isn’t the world’s easiest lesson to learn – painful experiences rarely are – but it’s paying off for Ward.
In January, she earned a spot on the Canadian national boxing B-team and won a bronze medal at the national tournament in Quebec City. She’s also a three-time B.C. champ and an Alberta Golden Gloves silver medalist. Not bad for a girl who only discovered the sweet science because the winters in Calgary weren’t ideal for marathon training.
“It’s just too cold; you can’t run,” she says. “So, I joined a boxing club recreationally at the University of Calgary and that’s where I fell in love.”
Having grown up in North Vancouver, it was school, not athletics, that took her east. She studied graphic design at the Alberta College of Art and Design, before returning to the North Shore to complete her post-secondary education at Capilano University.
When she got back to North Van, she quickly joined the North Burnaby Boxing Club and began training under a handful of instructors until she met coach and future husband Dave Schuck. It was then, she says, things got serious.
These days, Ward trains out of Vancouver’s Astoria Boxing Club. When a competition looms, she’s in the gym two hours a day, six times a week. During off times it’s five days a week for about 90 minutes a session and she has no plans to slow down any time soon.
Ward has a host of training camps coming up with Team Canada, the Pan Am Games qualifiers in Ireland and even some coaching with some of her gym’s younger members.
“We just had a 12-year-old girl sign up and all she wants to be is a boxer,” says Ward, knowingly.
“And that I want to help.”
For more information on Ward’s boxing career, visit www.jaimeward.com.