Rimbey boxer becomes six-time national champion

Rocky Mountain House’s Kandi Wyatt recently captured her sixth consecutive Canadian Women’s Boxing Championship. Wyatt trains at the Rimbey Boxing Club under the tutelage of coach Mike Smith.

Rocky Mountain House’s Kandi Wyatt recently captured her sixth consecutive Canadian Women’s Boxing Championship. Wyatt trains at the Rimbey Boxing Club under the tutelage of coach Mike Smith.

By Jasmine Franklin

She’s the kind of girl you don’t want to mess with; the kind of girl whose won the national champion boxing title six times in a row — and she represents Rimbey’s club.

This was the 18-year-old boxer’s first year in the senior category at nationals, but that didn’t seem to phase her one bit.

“I think the greatest advantage we have of boxing here in Alberta is that we get to spar with guys more often,” Kandi Wyatt said. “It really steps up our game.”

From Jan. 26 to Jan. 30 Wyatt and trainer Mike Smith, who has trained Wyatt for 10 years, took stride in Quebec for the big match representing Rimbey.

“She’s very focused and all business,” said Smith. “Every since day one she’s been mature for her age, driven and motivated.”

Wyatt will be heading to the Alberta Winter Games in Lakeland Feb. 4 to 7 as a coach and said she her next goal is already decided.

“I want to make it to the summer Olympics,” Wyatt said.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Wyatt started boxing when she was eight-years-old with trainer Smith in Rocky Mountain House. When Smith moved to the Rimbey Boxing Club, Wyatt wasn’t far behind him.

Now being a senior national champion, Wyatt will have overseas opportunities that she looks forward too.