Libys McGuiness is the President of the Boxing Club here at UWE, we had a catch up with her for This Girl Can week about why she chose Boxing and how you can get involved too!
“Don’t be intimidated by the amount of men doing a sport – once you’re in the door you’ll be fine!”
Libys is a 2nd Year Paramedicine student at UWE Bristol, who has been boxing for about 7 years, and is now a qualified Boxing Coach, with her own Boxing Gym in Weymouth, The Grey Ranks. Libys joined the Boxing Club with The Students’ Union in her first year at university.
Currently the Western Countries Champion and winning Silver in the England Boxing Nationals, Libys trains three days a week with the club and say’s it’s a great way to keep fit for those that love adrenaline and have a competitive spirit.
Whilst boxing can be stereotyped as a male sport, Libys says to not be put off by this: “Don’t be intimidated by the amount of men doing a sport – once you’re in the door you’ll be fine!”
Libys adds: “Every year female boxing is getting more popular, we have Nicola Addams, Katie Taylor and Laila Ali who are all huge names in the sport. It would be great if we could get some female UWE Boxers out competing - not necessarily in the pros or Olympics but the University Championships is a brilliant and achievable goal to have. I never thought I would take to Boxing, but when I look back at my life I couldn't imagine being without it. It keeps me disciplined, both in my life and studies, it's my outlet and something I look forward to.”
Throughout This Girl Can week, 19 – 23 November, a number of our Sports Clubs will be hosting open sessions to come along and give it a go! Fancy trying out some boxing? Come along on Monday 19 November and Wednesday 21 November.
Check out the timetable of This Girl Can open sessions online here.