How I Started
Ever since childhood I was always fighting my brother, and at one point my mum and dad decided to take him to a self defence gym to teach him some skills, he came back after the first session and recommended that I go, so I did. We started off by learning Kickboxing, and then took a short break before I asked my dad if I could rejoin the gym. We had a look around for a new gym, and eventually found one, we gave them call and they offered two different classes; Boxing at the start of the week, and Kickboxing in the middle. I remember choosing Boxing because it was held first and I was extremely excited to pick up a sport again.
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is winning a gold medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games. I remember being really excited to participate in this event because it wasn’t just my first time fighting in the Youth Commonwealth Games, but it was also the first year female boxing was on the roster too. I am also looking forward to the future as I can see this changing as my career grows, so hopefully I’ll different answer next time this question is asked!
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge has been the wide barriers and lack of support that wasn’t just not shown to me, but also the sport itself throughout my early years and as a teenager. This meant that things as simple as even having an opponent to fight against were extremely difficult to organise, which meant that fights could be few and far between due to the lack of opponents and awareness of the sport. I watched this shift after the London 2012 Olympics when female boxing was introduced to the Olympics meaning a lot more females were not just exposed to it in the biggest sporting event on earth, but also inspired to go out and become a part of it. I am happy to say that the scene is much healthier and thriving now as we leap from strength to strength!
Outside of Boxing I enjoy wild camping, bouldering, and spending time with friends and family when I’m not in the gym training.
My Future goals
In the future I hope to become the undisputed world champion and inspire as many people to not just join in, but to better themselves in any way they can along the way!