Women's boxing in Australia

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Women's boxing in Australia
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Booka and Chris Durack sparring with a speed bag. The sisters are wearing long skirts and shirts with rolled up sleeves and no boxing gloves. The speed bag is attached to a timber beam in an open-sided building.
Country Australia
National team Australia


While not being urged to avoid competition, women had few opportunities to compete in sport in Australia until the 1880s. After that date, new sporting facilities were being built around the country and many new sport clubs were created.[1] Boxing classes were being offered to women in Australia by 1892, at locations such as the Brisbane Gymnasium on Turbot Street, close to the city's railway station.[2] While classes may have been offered for women, serious training was not permitted for women by the 1900s and women banned from pursuing the sport in a competitive way. Women were also barred from attending boxing matches.[3] New South Wales is the only Australian state to have banned women's boxing, having prohibited it from 1986 to 2009.[4] Women's boxing was resumed in NSW with an exhibition fight between Kaye Scott and Romona Stephenson in October 2009.[5] Women's boxing was only legalised in Queensland in 2000.[6]


Female boxers in Australia have historically faced problems with acceptance of their involvement in the sport. In many places, they have been unable to find places to train and faced difficulties with the law prohibiting them from competing.[6] In 2005, a PhD student in Australia was doing research on the history of women's boxing in the country.[6]


In 2002, Desi Kontos of South Australia became the first Australian woman to represent the country at the boxing world championships.[7]

In 2008, several national championships happened in Australia for women. These events were held in July in Melbourne and included the Australian Under 17 Women's Championships, Australian Senior Women's Championships and the Australian Women's Championships Medal Winners.[8] In 2008, the women's national championships were unable to be held alongside the men's because women's boxing was illegal in New South Wales.[7]

The Australian 2010 Women's World Championships 75 kg Selection Trial were held from 3–4 July in Canberra.[8]

The Australian World Elite and Junior Teams Selection Trials were held from 27–29 March in 2009 in Port Adelaide.[8]

Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen will be the first female boxer to represent Australia when she competes at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[9][10]

Notable Women fighters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Howell, Howell & Brown 1989, p. 84
  2. ^ Howell, Howell & Brown 1989, p. 27
  3. ^ Howell, Howell & Brown 1989, p. 87
  4. ^ "NSW opens ring for women's boxing". ABC News. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "NSW girls boxing premiere". Cornerman Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Women boxers fight uphill battle - UQ News Online - The University of Queensland". Uq.edu.au. 2005-03-03. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  7. ^ a b "Women boxers shape up for equal rights". Herald Sun. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  8. ^ a b c "Boxing Australia". Boxing.org.au. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Some days are diamonds for Meares". The Australian. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  10. ^ Foreman, Glen (2012-06-09). "Fischer-Rasmussen has had a tough fight to get to London". Perth Now. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 


  • Howell, Max; Howell, Reet; Brown, David W. (1989). The Sporting Image, A pictorial history of Queenslanders at play. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 0-7022-2206-2.