Females Breaking Through Male Dominated Sport

Boxing has been a male-dominated sport, but recently, more women have emerged onto the scene to make their mark in the sport.

The Sankamap Boxing Club is helping aspiring female boxers break this stereotype to realize their dream.


They have so far registered four female boxers, with more interested to sign up.


Twenty-two year old, Gwenda Tukana, from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, is one of four female boxers currently training with the Sankamap Boxing Club.


Gwenda is also the undisputed queen of female boxing in the country.


She began her amateur boxing career at the age of 17 in 2009, trained under the watchful eyes of Coach Chavis Kora.


Her breakthrough came three years after, at the age of 20, when she was selected for the Buka District Games.


Her performance in the games landed her a spot in the AROB Boxing Team to attend the 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo, East New Britain Province.


She came out undefeated claiming gold in the Female Amateur 51kg division.


Last year she moved to Port Moresby in search of better training opportunities to keep her passion alive.


But after trying unsuccessfully for nine months, she eventually found the Sankamap Boxing Club.


There is no turning back for Gwenda as she prepares to punch her way to victory in the 2014 PNG Games and with sights set on the ultimate prize, the 2015 Pacific Games.

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