The pro boxer won’t let anything get in her way – not even gender stereotypes.
“Boxing is not as dangerous as people think,” Nurshahidah Binte Roslie, Singapore’s first female professional boxer says. Her only major injury so far in her four-year career? Getting her nose broken during training.
What’s more worrying, according to her, is having to prove her worth in a male-dominated and a stereotype-laden sport. “Many expect me to be muscular and manly as a female boxer, but they will find that I am directly the opposite. I’m strong, but I’m also gentle and feminine,” she said.
In fact, the six-time boxing champ hopes to dispel the common myth that you have to look fit to be fit. “Too many women think that the way your body looks equates to being fit and healthy, but this isn’t true. Your fitness level is not equivalent to your physique.” Case in point: Nurshahidah was overweight in her teens, but she scored gold for the National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) in school.
Besides working as a personal trainer and coach, Nurshahidah sometimes does food deliveries to make ends meet. This fighter is committed to life in the ring, and she will do whatever it takes.
“Know that nothing worth doing comes easy. There are consequences, such as financial difficulties, but at the end of the day, it is worth it. I hope more women will have the courage to pick up their passion and move forward with it, regardless of what others say.”
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This feature is part of Shape Singapore’s initiative to honour inspiring women in sports and fitness, who are using their positions to positively impact society in 2020 and beyond.