EUBC Interview: a Chat with Mrs. Stoyanova EUBC Women's Commission Chairwoman05 June 2014
Following the complete interview with Stela Stoyanova, Chairwoman of EUBC Women’ Commission, about the EUBC Euro Women’s Boxing Championships, which is underway in Bucharest, and the entire Women’s Boxing Movement.
Now that the Championships have gotten underway, what are your thoughts and an idea of what to expect from the athletes?
I would like to thank the Romanian Boxing Federation for their dedication and hard work to organize thee European Women’s Championships. I have two roles here in Bucharest, the first for the annual EUBC Women’s Commission meeting and my second role as ITO during Championships. This competition is very important because this is the first European Elite Women’s Championships in two and a half years since the 2011 Rotterdam Championships. These championships are a mix between participants who are competition in their first Elite Championships and already well known and established boxers, such as Katie Taylor, Nicole Adams, and Sofya Ochigava. This competition provides a stage for a newly generation of boxers to meet the already experienced in the ring and makes interesting to watch the matches. By gaining experience these boxers have an opportunity to grow on an international level before going on to the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Jeju Island, KOR.
Regarding your role as Chairwoman of the EUBC Women’s Commission, with the rise of Women’s boxing what are the initiatives and areas that you would like to develop?
During the EUBC Women’s Commission meeting we have discussed a number of interesting ideas of how to increase Women’s tournaments within Europe. If we are able to draw more attention to Women’s boxing and its successes, we need to continue to make gains after London. Women in boxing such as Coaches, R&Js, and ITOs can be used as good role models to encourage girls to continue their involvement in the boxing movement.
As mentioned before, two of the three Olympic Gold medalists are at the Championships (Taylor and Adams). Do you think that European Women Boxers will continue to dominate in the Rio 2016 OG?
The European school of boxing has a strong tradition and it is my personal opinion that European boxers will continue to lead in the future, including at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There are many good and competitive Women’s boxers throughout the world and so by raising the bar this can only benefit the overall level of boxing worldwide.
Countries such as Russia, Ukraine, England, and Ireland have an established Women’s Boxing movement, what can the EUBC Women’s Commission do to increase growth of Women Boxers in other European countries?
The Commission cannot directly affect specific countries, however we can work with National Federations to develop on the grass roots level Women’s boxing in their countries. The Commission can promote and provide a positive image and idols to look up to for Women’s boxing in and out of the ring, especially in countries where our movement needs grow.