Dara Shen

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Birthdate: July 10, 1986
Weight class: Light heavyweight/178 lbs

After being a year-round athlete in high school, Dara began boxing at 20 years old.  She went on to qualify and compete in the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s boxing, followed by winning the U.S. Nationals two years later.  Dara also competed in her native county Taiwan, winning the Olympic trials there, and represented Chinese Taipei in international competition for three years — most notably at the World Championships, Asian Women’s Championships, and Asian Games.  After her second World Championship run in 2014, Dara grew a passion for representing the interests of athletes in the sport.  She is currently studying for a J.D. while serving as ALX’s team manager and volunteering as an athlete rep for USA Boxing and on one of Old Town North’s community committees.  Dara’s professional background is in Project Management, where she oversees multi-million dollar commercial real estate development projects in the D.C. area.


  • USA Boxing Board of Directors Executive Search Committee member
  • Athlete Rep for USA Boxing Foundation
  • Served as academic advisor to USA Junior / Youth Women’s Team
  • USA Boxing Registration Chair for N. VA


  • Ranked #1 in USA at 81kg
  • Ranked #1 in Taiwan at 75kg
  • Represented and medaled for Taiwan in international competition incl. Asian Games, World Championships, Lions Cup 


  • Ranked #2 in USA at 81kg
  • Ranked #1 in Taiwan at 75kg
  • National Police Athletic League (PAL) Championships Silver Medalis


  • Qualified and competed in inaugural U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Trials
  • Won Taiwan Olympic Team Trials (Gold Medalist)
  • Represented Taiwan in World Championships
  • Selected as Olympic alternate for 2012 London Games
  • Competed in Continental Asian Championships in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia


  • National PAL Bronze Medalist
  • Taiwan President’s Cup Gold Medalist
  • National Women’s Golden Gloves Bronze Medalist