Ayanna O’Kimosh is a fighter, both inside and outside of the ring. When the bell ring, the young boxer hits hard enough to decimate her opponent for a victory. When outside the ring, she does not cease fighting.
AYANNA IS A FIGHTER IN AND OUT OF THE RING
A seventh-grader, she has won quite a few titles for her age. In the notes application of her smartphone, she keeps track of her various achievements, which includes a Silver Gloves National Championship, multiple state and regional Silver Gloves championships and a Junior Olympic Regional Championship.
Outside the ring, Ayanna has used her fame as a child prodigy to a good cause, to cast a spotlight on the national crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
HER COACH BELIEVES AYANNA TO BE A GOOD FIGHTER
Her coach Gerald Wayka jr said that is rare enough to see someone as athletic as her to join boxing, and that she has developed into a good fighter boosted by the support from her parents. “It’s rare to have a kid that comes into the gym and is so athletic. She just developed into a good fighter, and has a good structure around her, the mother and father helping her have really, really, really (helped) her progression as a boxer,” the coach said.
Ayanna loves to keep a connection to the native women who have inspired her throughout her short life. When she boxes, she feels that the spirit of the native women who were murdered carries her along in the middle of the fights. She believes that they push her in every step of her journey and her repayment to them is through boxing and bringing attention to them.
“I feel as though the spirits of those women and girls that have passed on and that have been murdered are there with me every time I fight, every time I work out. They’re pushing me and helping me with my journey, so I’m repaying them by fighting for their lives and telling their stories,” she said.
HER EFFORTS ARE SLOWLY BEARING FRUITS
Ayanna frequently shares stories of MMIWG on social media and spreads the word when someone goes missing. She fundraisers to support organizations that help survivors of domestic violence. Her efforts have helped in bringing attention to the MMIWG, which affects an estimated number of 5,000 missing women and their families.
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