Shape Your Life (SYL) is a free boxing program for female identified survivors of violence. It was created based on the coaching style of head Newsgirls’ coach Savoy Howe and started at and ran out of Toronto Newsgirls from 2006 to 2016. It provided a free recreational boxing program in a 3500 square foot, wheelchair accessible, trans* positive boxing gym at Carlaw and Gerrard.

SYL no longer operates out of Toronto Newsgirls but please stay tuned for a similar new Newsgirls’ program, “Think Outside the Ring” (TOR), coming Fall 2017. More details coming soon!!

Media from the past 10 years:


Meet the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club

 Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club is especially designed for women and trans people,  and also invites survivors of domestic abuse into the ring for therapeutic training.


Return of the Queens? The owner of a women’s boxing club in Toronto is challenging notorious pick-up artist and publisher of “Return of Kings” Roosh V to a fight.

“We know that you fight against injustice. So do we.”

Newsgirls will use the federal funding to collect data from the next six groups of SYL and then create a trauma-based

A Toronto boxing gym that provides training for women who have experienced violence has issued a challenge to the prime minister, who also knows his way around a ring.

A program providing boxing training to women who have survived violence has been granted new funding from Canada’s Public Health Agency but hopes for one more thing …

Outside the Ring the Shape Your Life Program … Documentary

Women and trans-focused boxing program launched by Brock prof to host event Friday– The Brock News, a news source for Brock University