Basketball, Synchro and More!


87% of Canadian medal winners from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics were women. Let’s be honest – our women KILLED it this year! One of the top six reasons for girls in Winnipeg dropping out of sports by the age of 14 is due to a lack of positive female sport role models. Other reasons include issues with safety and transportation, cost, lack of access or options, social stigma attached to being a girl in sport (think ‘tomboy’) and decreased quality experience. By the Rio showcase, it is apparent that this can be fixed if we put the right energy and resources towards sport.

This tremendous showcase by our Olympic team has provided girls and women across Canada numerous role models in sport to look up to and inspire them to achieve their goals. Whether your dreams are to stand tall on an Olympic podium or to simply try a new activity, there are tons of great options for girls in Winnipeg. In this week’s blog we look at three activities and sports for girls in our city to try.

AthELITEs & Beyond Basketball Program:

AthELITEs and Beyond Camps aim to allow young athletes to benefit from the instruction of skilled university and provincial basketball team players. They will be taught the fundamentals of basketball and play games suited to their age and skill level. Whether the athlete is a beginner or advanced player, AthELITEs and Beyond will challenge them to improve their basketball skills in a fun and energetic learning environment. Two Fall camps are available – September 15 – October 6 and September 11 – October 2. For more information or to register your child, contact Taneesha Greaves at 204.583.2697.

Synchronized Swimming:

Winnipeg Synchro ( and Aquatica Synchro Club ( have introductory programs for girls ages 5 and up, including programs for teens new to the sport. A fun, fresh learning environment that combines the creativity of dance, the cardio of swimming and develops strength, flexibility and teamwork. Allison Gervais, one of the Founders of Fit Communications, swam nationally and internationally in synchronized swimming. To this day she is still involved from a judging and volunteer perspective. The sport brought so many incredible things to her life that she has managed to take with her into her present day. From time management skills to team work ability to knowing the value of hard work, this sport brought her tremendous learning and experience.

Fitness Journal for Girls

The Fitness Journal for Girls is aimed at girls ages 5 – 15, which provides girls with coupons/offers on 20 different sport and activities in Winnipeg. From kickboxing to gymnastics to synchronized swimming to basketball, there is something for all girls to try. The Journal allows girls to try new sports and activities they perhaps didn’t know where available to them, all at a free or discount price. It allows girls to join a community of healthy activity, have tons of fun and motivate each other through positive action. There are many activities in the Journal that parents can do with their kids, and many moms have found it to be a great source of bonding for mom and daughter time. It is more than just sports, it’s a movement. More information on this city-wide initiative to get girls more active can be found here –

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Kickboxing For Women & Children in Need


Martial Arts has been a part of my life since I was six years old. As a young girl in a heavily dominated male sport, I learned from an early age that girls can do everything and anything just as well, and sometimes even better, than boys. I learned that being true to who I was and what I wanted to do was immensely important. I learned how to utilize every muscle of my body for a purpose – whether I was doing sweep kicks, round houses or mastering a few form or weapon, I was gaining confidence. I truly attribute much of my self-confidence today to my life in Martial Arts. In such, at Fit Communications we love supporting girls and women in sport, especially combat sports. We are proud to partner with Winnipeg Kickboxing and Muay Thai on their upcoming fundraising initiative.

On July 19, 2016, Winnipeg Kickboxing & Muay Thai, located at 1777 Portage Avenue, will open their kickboxing school doors for a fundraiser in support of the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre (FGWRC). Two, one-hour open classes will take place, the first one at 4:30pm followed by the second at 5:30pm. All drop-in fees for this class will do directly to support the FGWRC.

The Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre is a not-for-profit, feminist organization supporting women to engage in healthy life choices for themselves and their families through innovative and responsive programming and excellence in service. Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre is committed to creating a community where women and children are safe, healthy, valued and empowered.

Trisha Sammons, two-time Canadian kickboxing champion and now Head Coach of Winnipeg Kickboxing and Muay Thai, wanted to bring a different type of fitness class to Winnipegers while supporting the FGWRC. “Kickboxing is not only a great workout, but it allows people of all ages and fitness levels to get fit, learn self-defense, increase self-esteem and have a ton of fun while doing it,” Sammons says. “At Winnipeg Kickboxing we provide a fun, safe environment for people to workout, and felt there was a strong tie to the FGWRC with their mission of safety and health for women and children in our city.”

Event Details:

Where: Winnipeg Kickboxing & Muay Thai, 1777 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016. 4:30pm and 5:30pm (each one hour classes)

What: Beginners kickboxing class open to all women, men and children in Winnipeg

Cost: By donation only. Suggested donation $10 per person

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Canada Rocks!

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With Canada Day just around the corner, like many Canadians I am thinking about what it means to be Canadian. To me, being Canadian means being AWESOME in so many ways!  Here are a few of the things of which I am most proud and grateful.

  • Personal freedom – to travel, freedom of expression, freedom to marry who you want, how to dress, what religion to follow and what political party to support
  • Laws to protect our citizens – Privacy laws; laws against theft, white collar crime, rape, domestic violence, child pornography
  • “Progressive” and continually progressing rights and equality of all peoples – acknowledgment and fair treatment to people of all ethnicities, religions, gender, age, sexual orientation, social economic status
  • Education – everyone in Canada has the opportunity to receive a free education to grade 12
  • Health care –   If you are bleeding, you can get free stiches; if you break your leg, you receive a free exam, x-ray and cast.  In even the worst cases, that require an overnight or multiple overnight stays, it is of no “cash out of pocket” to you
  • No matter who you are, you are able to access to food, clean drinking water, electricity, heat and air conditioning
  • Nature! Thousands of miles of natural forest, prairies and habitat
  • More Nature! Lakes, rivers, streams and falls
  • Social media – we are allowed to conduct and participate in this technology in Canada
  • Media – freedom to report, watch, read
  • Great beer, better wine, maple syrup, BC salmon, Maritime lobster
  • Timmies!
  • Canadian Whisky
  • Qualities we are known for as a country: Polite, Respectful, Thoughtful, Generous, Smart, Funny
  • Stable government and voting rights
  • Armed forces – to protect us at home and those that need our help
  • Our incredible natural resources and products
  • Newfie accents
  • Canadian girls
  • Intense seasons that build our character
  • Incredible musicians – Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Neil Young, B.T.O., The Watchmen, The Hip, David Foster and a vast array of talent in every musical domain
  • CBC and Don Cherry
  • Hockey
  • Amateur sports and super athletes
  • Terry Fox, Dan Akroyd, David Suzuki, Jim Carrey, Mike Meyers, Michael J. Fox, Rick Hansen
  • B.C.’s beauty, Alberta mountains, Saskatoon’s bridges
  • Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors
  • The Kids in the Hall
  • Winnipegger’s humour

I am most proud to be a Canadian because most of us are immigrants from somewhere, yet we can all call Canada home. I am Canadian because of a smart decision my great-grandfather D.L. made.  He decided to leave Russia to bring his family to Canada for a better life.  Thank you D.L.!  I know how fortunate my entire family and extended family are because of this courageous and selfless move that he made so many years ago.

Happy Canada Day!



Fitness Journal for Girls


The Fitness Journal for Girls launched Monday, May 16, 2016 in support of girls in Winnipeg being active in sport, fitness and health. Over twenty local businesses and sport organizations have come together in the Fitness Journal for Girls to help girls in Winnipeg curb the national trend of dropping out of sports. The Fitness Journal for Girls is a year-round guide to everything fun and fitness in Winnipeg.  The Journal is geared to girls ages 5 – 15 to try new sports and activities throughout Winnipeg, have weekly summer challenges to get active and win prizes, and Journal about their healthy lifestyle, increased self-esteem and positive outlook on health.

As founders of the Fitness Journal for Girls, we (Allison Gervais and Andrea Katz) created the Fitness Journal for Girls after learning that girls are up to six times more likely to drop out of sport in Canada than are boys (according to the Women’s Sport Center). Reasons for this include lack of positive female role models in sport, cost, transportation and safety issues, lack of access, social stigma of being a female athlete (‘tomboy’ or ‘butch’) and a decreased quality experience.

Mark Arndt from Tennis Manitoba and proud supporter of this initiative says, “Tennis Canada is in the process of rolling out a nation-wide campaign that focuses on increased participation among kids – especially girls. A participation gap exists among girls aged 8 – 16. Tennis Manitoba is confident this [Fitness Journal for Girls] initiative will help reach goals and, more importantly, increase and maintain activity levels for girls.”

There are over twenty local businesses and sport organizations within the Journal providing summer challenges and discounts on their programming to girls who purchase a book. Activities within the Journal for the girls include kickboxing, tennis, triathlon, swimming, wakeboarding, snowtubing, crossfit, ringette and many more.

The cost of the Journal is $20 and can be purchased on-line at or at Aevi Boutique – 1580 Taylor Avenue. The purchase price includes all taxes and shipping. It is a great gift to give a young girl in your life – whether for a birthday, a grad or just ‘because’. What other gift provides the gift of fitness, health and self-esteem? Get yours today!

Living With and Preventing Diabetes

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I used to think that people got diabetes from eating too much sugar – or so my grandmother used to tell me. I’m sure she did this so that I would stop eating candy! This is obviously not the reason why people get diabetes. (sorry Grandma!)  I became educated on diabetes when my Mom was diagnosed 3 years ago. Not only was this a stress by the shear medical implications of the disease, but also because it became a huge lifestyle change for my Mom.

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes. As a result, glucose (sugar) builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy.

Type 2 Diabetes comprises 90% of people with diabetes around the world, and is largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity. Until recently, this type of diabetes was seen only in adults but it is now also occurring in children. In Canada, more than 3 million Canadians are living with diabetes and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020.

In my research, I found out that Manitoba is in a state of a diabetes epidemic. Manitoba has the second highest per capita rate of childhood Type 2 Diabetes in North America (not Type 1 – which is not linked to certain causes including lifestyle). Manitoba also has the highest rate in Canada – by a huge margin. This was incredibly alarming to learn. The questions then are why are people getting it? Can it be prevented and if you do have it, what do you do?

Apart from risk factors, you CAN do things to prevent Type 2 diabetes including maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical exercise and eating healthy.

If you are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, you can do things to live a long and healthy life. You need to keep your blood glucose (sugar) levels in your individual target range. You can do this by:

  • Eating healthy meals and snacks
  • Participating in regular physical activity
  • Monitoring your blood glucose (sugar) using a home blood glucose meter*
  • Working toward and maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Taking diabetes medications if prescribed by your doctor
  • Managing stress effectively

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) recognizes that people living with Type 2 Diabetes need help. They need resources and information in order to live their best lives. As such, they are hosting a CDA Expo on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 9 – 1 at the Wellness Institute – 1075 Leila Ave.

“The CDA Expo is for people living with diabetes and those who support them, as well as for those who are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes” says Laryssa Sawchuk, Coordinator, Public Programs and Services Canadian Diabetes Association This free event is headlined by keynote speaker Dr. Ali Zentner, MD. There will also be a presentation from Dr. Kevin Saunders, MD, who is a family physician and the Medical Director of the Wellness Institute of Seven Oaks General Hospital.

According to Sawchuk, “the event offers practical and up-to-date tips on how to live a full and healthy life with diabetes.” As the focus of the Expo is on healthy eating, there will be the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of local chefs and nutrition experts.

I love that the focus of the Expo is on healthy eating! I also love that this is free for anyone to attend. So if you or someone you know has Type 2 Diabetes or is at risk, please share this information with them. It will be sure to inform and motivate them to make healthy changes in their lives. To register for the event go to or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

At Fit Communications, we are on a mission to make Canadians healthier by spreading the word of health every day. We truly believe in community and supporting each other to be the healthiest and best we can all be. For more blogs about health and community please click here!

Love Local MB 2016


Spoil your senses at Winnipeg’s 3rd Annual beer, wine and foodie event. The 3rd Annual LoveLocalMB Food and Beverage Event will be held on March 19, 2016 from 5 – 9pm at Canad Inns Polo Park. This terrific initiative began in 2014 and continues to grow, with over 500 attendees each year to sample, taste, purchase and celebrate food in Manitoba. And Fit Communications is excited about sponsoring this amazing event for the third year in a row.

LoveLocalMB was created by Peter Fehr of Gourmet Inspirations and Bessie Hatzitrifanos of Bessie’s Best Foods, local Winnipeg food entrepreneurs. They both create local, gourmet, handcrafted food products. This event will celebrate and promote over 30 Manitoba food and beverage artisans. Vendors at this year’s LoveLocalMB event include Perfect Pierogies, Flora and Farmer, Rawnata, Bothwell Cheese and many more. Farmery Brewery will be on deck to ensure everyone has a sip of their delicious Manitoba-made beer as well.

If you haven’t been to this event in year’s past, think indoor farmers’ market with a twist. The buzz in the room is great – it really gives Winnipegers a chance to listen to live music, taste and purchase local food products and socialize all under one roof. After a long winter, I always look forward to heading to this event – it is my window to spring! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and include a free glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased online at

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards supporting Food Matters Manitoba’s Kids Cooking Club. This great initiative offers free, healthy foods cooking classes to children and youth across Winnipeg’s North End. For more information about Food Matters Manitoba, please see here –

For a chance to win tickets to this awesome event, check out their Facebook page. They are always posting up to date details of which Manitoba favorite food vendors will be there and have great contesting as well. Hope to see you there!

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Wellness Mission

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Most of us in today’s modern society have come to the realization that in order to live long and have a good quality of life, we need to be focused on our personal wellness.  Wellness is being is a “state or condition of being in good physical and mental health”. It’s a holistic view of health.

At Fit Communications we are passionate about the promotion of health and wellness for all Winnipeggers, Manitobans and Canadians.  As such, we are happy to share some ideas of things you can do on your own personal journey toward wellness – all in your neighbourhood, no matter where you live.

In my research, I was pleasantly surprised by how many “wellness” focused activities, groups and events there are in every corner of our great province. Great job Manitoba! In addition, some of the items discovered are free! So you it proves that you can be living well no matter where you are or how much money you make.

1)      Exercise – not only will exercise improve your physical condition.  Exercise will also reduce stress, release endorphins to create feelings of happiness, and increase relaxation. One fun way to exercise includes swimming. The City of Winnipeg, Steinbach, Thompson and most communities throughout Manitoba have public swimming pools. You don’t have to be Michael Phelps to partake. You can leisurely lap swim, jump off diving boards or take an Aquafit class. Many pools even have “free swims” to make it an affordable event for the whole family.

2)      Yoga – Although it has been around for centuries, its popularity has risen steadily in North America since the 1980s. Today, yoga studios both big and small can be found in nearly every community. Yoga is both a physical exercise as well as a form of medication and spiritual growth.

3)      Winter outdoor activities – staying active in the winter months does amazing things for our mental and physical wellbeing. A few local Winnipeg favourites include tobogganing at “Garbage Hill” in the west-end, snowshoeing at Fort Whyte Alive, skating on the rivers at the Forks or building a snow man in your backyard. Get outside and embrace winter!

4)      Events! Educate yourself and do your homework.  In order to know what options are available in your area, you have to do your homework. If you have the internet, it’s as easy as a Google search for your interest and your area. Check out these websites that post local wellness-type events:

5)      Cooking. Whether taking a formal cooking class from the town’s best restaurant’s top chef or a community centre class, taking a cooking class is a great way to learn how to choose, prepare, and eat nutritionally sound and healthy foods. This will help your physical self as you attain or maintain a healthy weight, as well as prevent and treat certain diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Taking one with a friend also makes this a great outing and bonding experience to increase your social wellbeing.

6)      Take an art or pottery class – unleashing your creative side. Express your emotions in a different medium. Locally owned galleries may offer classes or check your local community centre or City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide.

7)      Gardening. By gardening you are getting back to nature. This is probably one of the greatest things to improve your overall wellness. Much research has been done and shown that the benefits to gardening are multiple and cover a wide spectrum. Gardening and participating in community food growing projects can help yourself and your community. They can “contribute to improved social interactions and community cohesion…reduce the occurrence of episodes of stress…reduce physical pain and improve attitudes to healthy eating”. This is especially helpful in northern communities where fresh produce is costly to bring in. Visit for the full list of benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing.

8)      Get connected with like-minded people to do a variety of activities while building your social wellbeing.  Join a few Facebook groups – or join or create a “Meetup Group”  The website is all about “neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…”If neither of those are really your thing, look to a local studio, store or community group that hosts workshops, events etc… You can join anything from walking or cycling to photography or parent groups.

I am sure there are many more ways to get fit, inspired or centered. If you have other ways, please share them – with us and your circle. Let’s pass on the positive energy!

Committing yourself to your own wellness isn’t a selfish or self-centered act only about you. It’s about building your community and being “present” with those close to you. Strive for constant self-improvement to live your best life – for life is short and we only get one chance to make the most of it!

LBS Yoga & Athletic Gear – A Winnipeg Entrepreneur’s Dream


As sport and fitness enthusiasts and entrepreneurs in Winnipeg, it was simply a matter of time until I crossed the paths of Lisa and Bryan Salvador, owners of LBS Yoga and Athletic Wear. LBS – Live Breathe Strive – is a 100% locally owned and Canadian-made, exceptional women’s yoga and athletic clothing line. I sat down with Lisa to find out about the inspiration and the motivation behind it all.

Growing up playing sports lead husband and wife team Lisa and Bryan to be exceptionally hard working and motivated professionals. Living healthy lives and providing quality products at affordable prices to Winnipeggers with LBS motivates them on a daily basis. Their goal to become a new provider for yoga, athletic and everyday casual wear is well under-way.

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LBS began in 2014 as an opportunity to challenge themselves outside of their full-time jobs and to start something that was solely theirs. As parents, they like to be busy and enjoy following their wide-range of interests. Sports and self-sufficiency have always been drivers for them and have always motivated them. They started this business because it aligned perfectly with their goals.

Their athletic careers have taken them through various sports and activities including soccer, hockey, ringette, fastball, volleyball and yoga. As active gym-goers and yoga enthusiasts, this power couple knows what makes for great athletic wear. Although their clothing line is currently just for women, they plan to expand to both kids and a mens’ line in the near future.

As a woman who literally feels some days that I live in my sweats, a high quality active wear line is gold to me. There are a huge variety of styles and colors that can easily go from the office to running errands to the gym. And that is exactly what I need.



The Nylon Supplex feels like cotton – which is a very comfortable material to wear while working out or running around town. Bamboo fabric is sustainable and anti-bacterial, and drapes without clinging. And oh my word is it SOFT! And then there is the Cotton Fleece – no words can describe how soft this material is – from pants to sweaters, it’s absolutely glorious on the skin.


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Lisa’s overall outlook on life makes her not only want to be someone you want to support in business, but someone you want to be around all of the time. Her motto for life is simple – if you don’t love what you are doing, change it! If you want to try something new, do it! And whether you are 3 or 83, always play play play!

Lisa attributes so much of her life’s success and happiness to sport. She is a terrific example of a positive role model for both young girls and women in Winnipeg. And for that, we at Fit Communications want to commend her and support LBS as much as we can. So how can you support this wonder woman?

Purchase clothing of course! You can buy this fabulous line online at or at Home Run Sports, which is open seven days a week at 20 De La Seigneurie Blvd (off Bishop Grandin in Winnipeg).

And for all of our fitness trainer friends – we have a fabulous deal for you! When purchasing online simply enter the Promo Code ‘Instructor15’ and you will receive 15% off all of your online purchases.

Made for truly any BODY, LBS Yoga and Athletic Wear is our new favorite find.

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Healthy Gift Ideas


Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to rack your brain to come up with creative and thoughtful gift ideas for everyone on your list. There are so many options for gifts but for some reason finding the “right” gift is often a tedious and exhausting task.

So this year, why not gift a “healthy” gift? What is a healthy gift? Good question. I would say that a healthy gift is something that will benefit the overall wellbeing of the gift recipient. It could be improved fitness, emotional state, intelligence or a combination of these.

Now, of course the ideal gift would be to have a genie come and grant you the wish to be well – healthy and fit! Seeing as that is not reality, here are some ideas. Now this is not including a few somewhat obvious gift ideas that include fitness passes, workout clothes (not fun to guess someone’s size), yoga mat or accessories, cool water bottles, gym bags, fitness magazine subscriptions etc…


For the swimmer…

I simply can’t workout without music. It motivates me to push harder and keep my energy up. An Underwater MP3 Player would be the perfect gift for your favorite water beetle – whether seriously competitive or just in it for a great way to stay fit.


For anyone remotely techy – from someone just beginning a road to become healthier to the “serious business” fitness guru:

Fitness Bracelets or Trackers – There are so many to choose from. Look here for a great comparison chart to help you choose what your recipient may need. like… This can be as basic as a pedometer – to use to count your steps each day. This would be great for someone who is looking to start incorporating exercise into their lives.

Two that caught my eye for 2016 are:

Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – This gadget plugs right into your smart phone and allows you to measure Oxygen Saturation, Pulse rate, perfusion index and pleth variability index. You can get results workout by workout and track data trends over time. Look for this on Amazon.

Amiigo Fitness Bracelet – This is super cool!  This bracelet allows you to track specific things like; exercise type, reps, sets, duration, speed, and intensity. It also tracks heart rate, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature, overall activity level, and calories burned. Amiigo can determine whether you’re using the elliptical, running, swimming, doing bicep curls, squats, etc. It can track & identify different activities and then correlate these activities with physiological information such as heart rate and blood oxygen saturation.


For a close friend, spouse, family member or sibling: a professional consultation…

If someone close to you has expressed interest in getting fit or feeling better, eating better or a need to get educated about what any of this means, book a single or multiple sessions with a professional consultant. This could be a personal trainer or a nutritionist or life coach. One I would totally recommend for any woman in your life is Natalie Reimer Anderson. She is amazing!


For a gym rat…

Umoro One – This is so smart! It is a water bottle that, with a push of a button, releases up to 1.5 scoops of whey protein mix. No need to carry multiple bottles or containers. They ship free to Canada and is less than $30.

Skipping Rope – This is a classic fitness essential that can kick your butt. It’s a gift under $30 so it won’t break the bank. A skipping rope is easy to throw in your luggage or keep at home for a quick workout. Not getting to a gym will not be an excuse any more to not get a great workout in. Check out skipping rope workouts on line for some fun and challenging ideas. Here is one example that looks good:

One rope to check out is Sweaty Betty for $25.


For the traveller, the new Mom, the gym-phobic or anyone really…

So this one that I love that doesn’t cost a dime! Spend some time to do your research to find an array of resources. I’m talking specifically about things found on the web. You can provide your BFF or aunt a list of links to educational or inspiring blogs (like ours!) to free fitness classes on line (from everything from yoga to Pilates to running to boot camps to salsa fitness). All for free! If you have the internet, you can workout. Think of this as 2016 version of the “mix tape” or a homemade gift.

So there you have it! Consider your shopping done – at least for all of the teens and adults on your list! I would argue that the gift of health is the greatest of all. Happy holidays!


Pro Boxing to Hit Winnipeg Hard

On October 22, 2015, King John Promotions will bring professional boxing to Winnipeg for the High Stakes Havoc II boxing card at Club Regent Casino & Event Centre located at 1425 Regent Avenue West.

Winnipeg has been noted as one of the stepping stone cities for boxing in Canada, allowing professional boxers to take their skills and talent to the next level. Some of the biggest boxers around the globe have fought in Winnipeg on their way to the top, and the October 22 fight card will be sure to bring exceptional talent and entertainment to the ring.

The High Stakes Havoc II fight card includes Mike Walkchuk from Toronto versus David Whittom from Quebec City as the Semi-Main Event in the Cruiser-weight division. These two fighters are coming to fight HARD, and it definitely promises to be an entertaining bout. Zsolt Daranyi and Stephen Zea out of Toronto who are being trained by Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games and Canadian Olympic champion, Chris Johnson, are also on the card. Johnson has been working with these two fighters at great lengths, and their skill and promise is unbelievable. Olivia Gerula will also be fighting to defend her WIBA Championship title as the Main Event. All promising to be exceptional fights.

I have been watching many of these fighters via social media and personally throughout their training camps working towards the October 22 fight card. The social media angle can bring such a unique perspective to how a fighter is training both physically and mentally. Posting photos of themselves cutting weight, training sessions and pad work, the dreaded hill runs and cardio routines they are pushing their bodies through. All with one purpose – to win on October 22 in Winnipeg.

Their motivation and dedication to their sport is inspiring. On the days I don’t quite feel like heading to the gym, I can click on a video that Chris Johnson posts to his page from his 6am fighter training and my motivation floods back. There is no doubt that these fights are going to be exceptional. The athletes are training hard knowing that Winnipeg fight cards are truly a stepping stone for them to make it into the larger, more predominant fight cards around the globe.

Fight Card to Include (subject to change):

  1. Zsolt Daranyi (Toronto) vs Damion Hill (Minneapolis) – 154 lbs
  2. Mike Walchuk (Toronto) vs David Whittom (Quebec City) – Cruiser-weights, Semi-Main Event
  3. Aaron Stephenson (Winnipeg) vs Roberto Mendoza (Winnipeg) – 152 lbs
  4. Kyle Oliveira (Winnipeg) vs Stephen Zea (Toronto) – 130 lbs
  5. Zafar Sacranie (Winnipeg) vs Keegan Oliver (Calgary) – 120 lbs
  6. Krystian Dzienski (Miami) vs Jonathan Poirier (Montreal) – Heavyweights
  7. Stan Surmacz-Ahumada (Edmonton) vs Dale Daniels (Winnipeg) – Heavyweights
  8. Olivia Gerula (Winnipeg) vs Carla Torres (New York City) – 126 lbs

Tickets are available at Vernaus Autobody located at 160 Higgins Avenue in Winnipeg or by calling 204.982.4540, or find updates on Facebook at