Alicia Doyle's story of determination and grit provides a great example of what is possible when you give yourself a fighting chance.
This week on the See It To Be It Podcast we talk to Author of "Fighting Chance," Alicia Doyle. Doyle tells us about her experience finding a passion in boxing while also working as a full time journalist.
Alicia Doyle’s perspective on boxing completely shifted when she was assigned to cover a local boxing gym for at risk youth that had sustained damage after a storm. Her opinion of the sport changed after writing multiple stories about the organization through which Doyle fell in love with boxing.
In her memoir, she talks about her own experience being a victim of violence and how that experience led her to taking her first boxing class where she felt a cathartic release from the problems she faced.
Doyle on what specifically changed her perspective on boxing:
_10:05 “I wanted to know more about this form that I thought was the dark side. And the more stories I wrote, the children I interviewed, their parents and coaches…I realized what a beautiful thing this sport was in their lives and how it literally transformed their lives…That's how I fell in love with it.”
Doyle on the hurdles she had to overcome while training:
13:11 _“When I was competing, we were considered a joke. We were called the free show. We were objectified. We were fetishized. That's just the way it was, but we wanted to be viewed as legitimate athletes. So we worked very hard. And as a female in the boxing gym, for me I had to work twice as hard to earn the respect of those men.”
To learn more about Alicia and where to find her book, visit https://aliciadoyle.com/!
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