Aug 11, 2022
Taveena Kum
Founder & President, Fierce N Fit Special Needs Charitable Organization

Abbreviated Biography for Taveena Kum Taveena Kum was born in the wonderful city of Kitchener, Ontario and has spent most of her life in this great city. She pursued post graduate education at Conestoga College and the University of Waterloo. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education and more recently as an Educational Assistant working with special needs students with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Taveena was a competitive amateur boxer since 2008 representing Canada on the International Stage. She was a 4-time Provincial Champion and 2-time National Champion in the 48 Kg weight Division. She competed all over the world and represented Canada with great distinction. In 2010, she won the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City. She competed at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials and then was set to represent Guyana at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when the COVID19 pandemic dashed her chance of competing at the trials. Taveena Kum is a certified Boxing Coach and Boxing Official. She has been a volunteer boxing coach at several gyms throughout the Waterloo region. She has also organized and ran a volunteer tutor program ‘Hit the Books’ with Frontier College, providing community athletes and boxers with educational assistance. Taveena works at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and has been a volunteer high school wrestling coach for many years. She understands the importance of education and believes in the power of sport. Taveena has trained in the field of Special Education and is a qualified ECE (Early Childhood Educator), EA (Educational Assistant) and RT (Resource Teacher). Taveena has always been passionate about helping others in the community. Even while training for Team Canada, she would find time to teach Boxing to her students who have Down Syndrome. Once Taveena retired from Boxing, she established a not-for-profit organization “Fierce N Fit Special Needs Charitable Organization. She has designed the ‘Fierce N Fit Special Needs Boxing Program’ to enhance the social, emotional and physical needs of those living with special needs. She has over 50 special needs clients who benefit from her programs. It has been Taveena’s goal to share the benefits of boxing by creating an inclusive environment focusing on youth and adults with physical or developmental disabilities. Taveena demonstrates the healing powers of Boxing training through her clients. Taveena has attracted over $70,000 in funding from Corporations, private donors and charitable organizations which helps purchase equipment and helps cover the cost of rent for her current training facility. It is her dream to be able to own her own physical gym space where special needs clients can be both employed and benefit from the programs that are offered