(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Less than a year after the Olympic debut of women’s boxing, USA Boxing is holding its first training camp solely focused on the junior girls at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Six young women traveled to the Pikes Peak region on Tuesday for the camp, which is being led by USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque.
The six girls participating in the first-time training camp are all champions from the Junior World Team Open, which took place in January in Reno, Nev. Five of the camp participants, pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), flyweight Nysja Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), bantamweight Jessica Galvez (Sparks, Nev.), and lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.), are only 15-years-old. Featherweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) is the oldest athlete at 16-years-old.
With the competitive opportunities for younger female boxers growing, and the two-medal performance by the female members of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, there is a new emphasis on the developmental aspects of the women’s program. The six young women are enjoying several benefits of the Olympic Training Center including classes in nutrition, USADA, sports psychology, and media as well as two workouts daily with Coach Roque and coach Michael Newson, Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.).
The training camp will run through Monday with the young boxers departing from Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday.
Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) became the first-ever female Olympic gold medalist from the United States at only 17 this past summer and won the Olympic Trials at only 16 just over a year ago.