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Rachel Johnston

Registered Nurse, Harborview Medical Center – Intensive Care Unit

When did you start boxing?
Summer of 2006

What type of boxer did you begin as?
A fitness and recreational boxer.

What were you doing at the time?
Graduating from High School and getting ready to start my freshman year at the University of Washington.

What were your goals at the time?
I wanted something to keep me busy and active before I started college in the fall.

Did you compete?

If so, how many years did you compete?
2 1/2 years

What were your Competitive Highs?
Winning the Arnold Classics tournament for my weight class in Columbus, Ohio in 2008, and competing at Golden Gloves in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

What have you learned from boxing?
Being a team member at Cappy’s gave me so much more than just a set of skills and a way to stay fit and active. I learned that hard work really pays off, and that laziness definitely does not (I had to learn that the hard way a few times). I learned the importance of perseverance, no matter what gets thrown your way. And possibly most valuable, I learned to have patience, because no matter how hard you try you can’t rush success.

What do you love the most about boxing?
I love that, no matter how long you’ve been doing it, there is always more to learn. Every time you go to the gym you can find something new to work on or another way to advance your skills.

What do you want to pass on to boxers who are following in your footsteps?
Train HARD! Remember that slacking off is a quick way to lose focus, and you’ll more than likely lose in the ring as well. You’ll thank yourself later, I promise!