Eve Carr got hooked on boxing after watching Katie Taylor winning gold in the 2012 Olympics. She was just 14 and persuaded her parents to take her to Ballywaltrim Boxing Club, Bray for an introductory session. Seven years later she is still passionate about the sport.
“I loved the confidence the sport gave me as a teenager [she won the All Ireland Silver medal in 2014]. Now as a coach I love to see young boxers growing and developing a sense of purpose and discipline.” Carr began coaching in 2016, taking an International One Star Coaching course with the world governing body ABA in 2017. Since then she has represented Ireland at three European championships, as well as travelling to various tournaments from Budapest to Sweden. She is quick to allay fears that boxing is all about contact: “At beginner level anybody of any age or fitness level can participate. Boxing is a supremely beneficial cardiovascular activity. Certainly nobody is thrown in at the deep end to spar or exercise beyond their capabilities.” As a coach, Carr ascertains whether a new member wishes to participate competitively or just for fitness. “Boxfit classes can be an excellent way to gain the fitness, flexibility and coordination required without necessarily having any contact. Pad work, bag work, fitness drills, skipping, speed work and footwork can all be developed in a non-contact way. If a new member does wish to try contact this is introduced in a very gradual, controlled manner.” In addition to being a fantastic stress release, boxing is for toning muscle, not bulking it, as bulking slows the boxer.
This year Carr intends to take the Two Star International Badge, ultimately working with the Elite Team at major championships and reach the career pinnacle of every boxer and coach – the Olympic Games. Also a priority is finishing her degree in Business at IADT. To get started Carr recommends the boxing clubs in Monkstown Dublin, St Michaels, Athy and Sliabh Luachra, Castle Island. “I really like the ethos in these clubs but there’s so many more brilliant clubs around the country.”