How I Started
I had five brothers who made me play sport from the age of 3, I was naturally gifted at sports generally, and I competed in Hockey, Netball, and Football. However, there were no sports clubs that I could attend as they were only inclusive for men! I then visited a boxing gym and was amazed by what I saw, so I spoke to the head coach, asked if I could join and train in Boxing, but he said no. This inspired me to start training so I went out and found a coach that would coach me and we started training in Hyde Park.
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is being one of the first women boxers, along with a group of other athletes that were also starting to box around that time. I am also proud of my achievements in professional boxing as I won the European Championship and became a world medallist. I remember feeling extremely confident after becoming the champion of Europe and that spurred me on throughout my World Championship campaign too!
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge has undoubtedly been being a female within a male dominated sport, because even before I had started competing I had to prove my worth! This gave me an appetite for victory and turned me into the boxer I am today! The politics of your talent being based on who you are was an ongoing battle for me and I found that I had to continue proving my talent throughout my career.
When I’m not training I love to learn to cook, play lots of different sports, read, go to a lot of gigs and theatres, and I also love to travel, learn, and surround myself with different cultures from all around the world!
My Future goals
In the future I hope to get my own businesses off the ground but also to continue telling my story and inspiring young people to get out to their local gym and get moving!