“I found out about HMB through a friend of a friend. It was a pure chance I came across the sport, but as soon as I did I was hooked. I remember my first fight. I was 19 years old and raring to go. It involved repeatedly falling over, lots of laughing and picking myself up off the floor. I am proud to say 6-7 rounds later after darkness had fallen I had beaten my opponent into submission through sheer determination and stamina. I did a few more rounds after that with some of the more experienced fighters and loved every minute of it. I like to think I hit less like your typical girl now and fall over a lot less! Although there is still much more progress to be made”.
We can see this progress in action – now she is a member of the National Team of UK and fights with the world’s best HMB athletes.
This girl gives a lot every day to hear this ”music” as often as possible. She is a student studying jewelry and silversmithing by day and a bar maid by night. She confesses that she actually has no idea how she manages to fund getting to so many international tournaments without any financial support. “Work hard, play hard” as they say! Everything in her day to day real life revolves around getting to the next tournament or training.
This motto will help to make her dream come true as she is dreaming to consistently winning gold medals in the female “Longsword” category internationally. She also shares the dream of her club mates – to fight at the “Dynamo Cup” in Russia. This is their main goal as a team, and they work hard to make a reality.