Mum has first kick-boxing fight
HERVEY Bay’s Casey Walters has experienced plenty of pain before.
The 26-year-old has given birth twice.
So it’s no surprise that she reckons her first Muay Thai kick-boxing bout seemed like a walk in the park compared to that.
It also means Walters, the mother of an eight year old girl and 18-month old son, wants to get a message out there – having kids doesn’t mean you cannot have a sporting career.
Walters, who is trained by Craig Glover at Urangan’s Street Smart Thai Boxing Club, a man who guided both his wife Laura and another Hervey Bay fighter, Narelle Leahey, to winning world titles, stepped into the ring at the Gold Coast PCYC and she came away with a draw.
Although she didn’t win the three-round showdown, Walters said she was over the moon with what she had achieved and with good reason.
“For 13 years I’ve wanted to have a fight but first my father wouldn’t allow me and then the children came along,” she said.
“But I was so determined to get there and I never gave up on my dream of having a crack at it.
“I am so glad I did – it was such an adrenaline rush and it felt awesome I can tell you.
“Sure I would have loved to have started my career with a win but hey, I gave it everything and I didn’t lose.
“I know what’s expected now and there’s no turning back.
“I cannot wait to have my next fight.”
Kick-boxing is well know to be brutal at times and is Walters, who has only been training with Glover for seven months, worried about the thought of feeling some pain again?
“Nothing can compare to childbirth,” she laughed.
“Childbirth is so much harder I tell you and for a start you don’t know how long it is going to last while a fight is over and done with before you know it.
“As a mum you can cope with anything though and I hope I can inspire some other young mums to have a go at doing something sporty in their lives.
“I’ll remember my first fight for as long as I live.”
Two of Walters club-mates, Kurtis Ward and Chris Johnson-Fuchs, were also in action on the card on the Gold Coast.
Ward won all three rounds of his fight, the first of his young career.
Johnson-Fuchs lost a close fight against the undefeated Ben Mahoney, a fighter who is trained by Australia’s favourite Muay Thai fighter, the Gold Coast’s “John” Wayne Parr.