Brooklynn Olson loves the adrenaline of boxing. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Brooklynn Olson loves the adrenaline of boxing. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Rolling with the punches: 14-year-old Quesnel boxer dreams big

Meet Brooklynn Olson

Brooklynn Olson isn’t your average 14-year-old.

When she’s not racing at the Gold Pan Speedway in Quesnel, she’s busy practicing boxing at the 2 Rivers Boxing Club, eyeing her next match.

Olson has been swinging punches since she was 11.

“I have some friends who were in it, and I thought it would be fun, so I did it for a bit, and then I really got into it and started fighting.”

Olson’s first matchup was in 2021 at 2 Rivers Boxing Club’s Rumble 28, where she defeated Charlotte Shante from North Vancouver via decision.

Her second was on familiar territory.

She won a unanimous decision last month in front of a sold-out crowd at Rumble 30 over Adisah Guitard of Prince George.

Multiple studies indicate numerous mental health benefits of boxing. For Olson, that is one of the very reasons she loves the combat sport.

“Just getting all my anger out and being in the space and the adrenaline,” she said.

Olson doesn’t have a nickname but hopes to follow in the footsteps of Brittyn “Hurricane” Carter, who is just a few years older than her and is also with the 2 Rivers Boxing Club.

Carter has travelled across North America, including Mexico, for fights.

“I really want to travel with boxing,” Olson said, noting she was prevented from doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Olson anticipates more sparring until her next match, which is yet to be determined.

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