Posted on May 14, 2015 by Society Nine
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This is the twentieth profile in our Society Nine Storytellers series where badass female fighters across all sports, media and culture in our community share their definitions of femininity, strength and empowerment and discuss what they fight for.
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I used to watch the boxers training. I thought to myself, I can do that.
When I joined Oxford University Amateur Boxing Club, there was no women’s captain, and no girls fought that year.
We’re fairly unique amongst university sports because we don’t have separate men’s and women’s teams – we are members of the same club, with the same coaches and the same training programme. We push each other.
The girl who stepped up to the captaincy role the following year did an amazing job. We had 5 female fighters that year, and I had my first fight.
It gave us the strong platform we needed to work on for this year, when I took over the captaincy. We’ve had a good year. Despite struggling with funding, we entered BUCS – the British University Championships – and fought in Newcastle and Sheffield, winning 2 gold medals and 1 silver from the 3 girls entered. We were the only all-female team. I took another part-time job to pay for everything – food, accommodation, competition entry.
My granddad has told me he thinks women shouldn’t box. My mum said she cried when she watched the video of my fight. My sister plaited my hair and brought me cake for after. My dad came 200 miles to watch me in the finals in Sheffield. Thank you.
Our coach is the driving force behind our success. He takes time off work to drive us to competitions – and all we can give him is petrol money.
He’s dedicated, and passionate, and doesn’t discriminate. You’re not girls; you’re boxers.
The girls I train with are inspirational. Training is hard; making weight is harder.
But we did it, together.
They’re the kind of people I can call at 3am in tears and I know they’ll understand. They’ve been there.
I love boxing and I want to see how far I can go and how good I can be.
And I’m not going to let being a girl stop me.
Lucy Harris is the Women's Captain of the Oxford University Amateur Boxing Club. She's fighting to show what women are capable of and to set an example for future generations of young girls. She tries to balance school with her passion for boxing and being the best captain she can be to her team.