Sport for Women

Naomi-Lee Fischer-Rasmussen

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Boxing
Location: Australia

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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Qualifying for 2012 Olympic Games

Greatest achievement off the field: Running a successful personal training business. I measure success by the outcomes for my clients not the size of the business or its economic return.

Who is your sporting heroine? Mary Spencer (three times world boxing Champion) and Katie Taylor (four times world boxing champion). Staying at the top of your game for six or eight years takes more than talent and skill…it requires dedication, perseverance and courage.

How many hours per week do you train/exercise? 12 hours a week out of season and 24 hours a week (2 x 2 hour sessions 6 days a week) in season. I could add another 6-10 hours per week depending on the exercise program my clients are on. Some clients work well under direction while others need my active participation in their program.

Training includes weights, running or swimming, boxing skills and sparring…and don’t forget stretching.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I ensure I get a good balance of the essential food groups and nutrients. During the last two years I have had to gain and maintain weight to compete in the 75kg division so it has been important to increase muscle mass without increasing body fat. I eat fresh foods rather than processed and also use good quality supplements to increase nutrient value without increasing calories. I avoid alcohol during competition season because the liver has to work so hard metabolizing it that there is less energy available to metabolize the quality nutrients. This saps energy rather than generate it.

What do you love about your sport? I have a love/hate relationship with boxing. I love the challenge of developing, mastering and dare I say, perfecting, the skills and fitness required to compete. I love the hype and adrenaline of competition. I hate the time and focus elite level of competition takes from my relationships with my partner, family and friends. I love the support they all give me.

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? I would change the attitude of society to boxing. Boxing is honest. The spectators and competitors know that when the bout starts the competitors are going to hit each other as hard and as often as possible to score points. Unlike other contact sports where the players attempt to disguise punches, kicks and whacks with sticks as accidents during play. Those competitors don’t get the opportunity to avoid or defend against the onslaught as we do in boxing.

What motivates you? I am motivated by my love of the sport, the support of my family and friends and occasionally, a kick in the backside from the coach.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I am a qualified personal trainer.

Three words that describe you: Passionate, loyal, forgiving

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Choose a coach who will give you individual attention and is open to change. Don’t be half hearted and expect to get hurt.

Naomi-Lee Fischer-Rasmussen Supports Sport for Women Day

Playing sport improves the quality of life by improving physical and mental health and building self-confidence. Women who play sport glow with health and confidence and are always attractive; and the fitness achieved from playing any sport improves performance and satisfaction in the bedroom…at least during the off season. Playing sport reduces the risks associated with pregnancy and child birth and improves our ability to cope with challenges of motherhood and aging.