Today we're speaking with Lucy O'Connor all about boxing, from the time when women were banned from taking part. It being re introduced and women being allowed to box in the 2012 London Olympics. Lucy's experience of being a member of the GB Squad and the challenges of making weight when there are only three weight classes for women.
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Lucy introduces herself and why she decided to join the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer
Her first introduction to boxing and why she loved it from the start
Being the only female boxer on board and training with the guys
Why women’s boxing was banned and she wasn’t allowed to compete at the Navy Championships
Having the ban on women boxing being over-turned and her first fight for the Women’s National Finals
Handling the negativity that comes from being a female boxer
Remembering back to her first time of getting into the ring to fight
Why the nerves disappear as soon as the bell goes
Fighting at the The National Championships and what she learnt from losing
How failure has helped her in her career
Understanding more about weight categories and why it does matter
Getting female boxers into the olympics and how it happened in London 2012
Having to retire from the GB Squad and why the Olympics was bitter sweet
Deciding on which weight category to go for and how she made the decision
The impact on her life and how she continued to train to be on the GB squad
Retiring from boxing and why she had to listen to her body
Looking back over the past few years and what she learnt from that time period
Advice for women about boxing and why you should go for it!
The women boxers at Rio and the rumours about the weight category changing for Tokyo 2020
Starting a boxing club - Poseidon
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