by Agnieszka Rayss / Anzenberger
Tatiana is 22, she lives in Kovel, small town in western Ukraine. She won her title during the last championship (September 2009) in Nikolayiv, Ukraine. In 2010 she had bronze medal in World Championship in Barbados. She trains in Kovel boxing club (in very poor conditions), with a group of young men and small boys for whom she is a star. Her best friend is Losha, she spends a lot of time with his family. She is a student of Lutsk university, my major is physical culture. Her family is big - she has three brothers and two sisters". "Since my early childhood, I"ve been in sports practicing basketball and volleyball... but I wanted something tougher. I got into a boxing gym by accident. My girl friend and I were passing by a boxing gym and just came to see what a boxing training looked like. First, I asked if the training was paid - my parents had been unable to pay, they made both ends meet. The boxing lessons turned out to be free. So, I felt an urge to practice boxing. I didn"t tell that to my parents - didn"t want to upset them. For two years, my mom didn"t know that her daughter was practicing boxing. I hid the boxing gloves under my bed. was 16 when I won the bronze in the Ukrainian championship - it was in Nikolayev, by the way. And my mum learned everything from media". Almost all year she attends training session, preparing to competitions. She trains six days a week. Sometimes she has two training sessions a day. So, there is no time for going out. In Kovel, she spars only with guys around. Her trainer tells guys: "Do not spare her. Punch her!" "I am afraid to break my small nose. My teeth are still OK".