Hervey Bay boxer Katie Moran.
Hervey Bay boxer Katie Moran. Matthew McInerney

Moran's push for more women in combat sport

SHE may not know it but Katie Moran is one of the region's leaders when it comes to increasing the female participation rate in combat sports.

Moran is a successful wrestler, mixed martial artist and boxer, but remains one of a minority of women who participate in each of the sports.

It is something the 26-year-old wants to see change, and she encourages the region's women to get involved in the sports, even if it is for fun and fitness.

"It's a shame there's not more girls involved,” Moran said. "I know some that want to be involved and they're a bit shy or see it as a brutal thing; it's not.

"You don't have to compete, but getting in and having a go, learning self-defence, getting that fitness, and having that confidence to defend yourself is a massive benefit to women.”

Moran is currently in Brisbane to compete at the Golden Gloves, one of the country's premier boxing competitions.

She is one of more than 70 female fighters, which she said was a huge number for combat sport.

Moran said there was no pressure to step into a ring or cage to fight, with fitness the best way to start.

"Fighting-wise, I know the idea of being hit can be intimidating,” she said.

"For training, I think it's because there isn't enough there already.

"It's hard to be the only female and walk in somewhere wanting to do wrestling or boxing when there's a mat of just guys.

"That's intimidating, but if they see there's more women it could convince them (to participate).”

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