Woodland Manor Hotel & Restaurant are the proud sponsor of female amateur boxer Laura Pagliaro. Find out more about Laura and her journey below….
My name is Laura Pagliaro and I am an amateur boxer representing Bletchley Amateur Boxing Club affiliated to England Boxing.
I have been boxing for Bletchley ABC for nearly one year but my training history in combat sports stems back to when I was a young teenager and learned the art of Muay Thai Boxing before turning my hand to boxing.
Olympics Change the Game
Over the years it has been difficult to find competitive opportunities in boxing as a female in the sport. Historically the sport has been viewed by many as a ‘man’s sport’ and was, in fact the only sport in the history of the Olympic games that was unrepresented by women until 2012.
That is why the 2012 London games was very special to us ladies – it started to open more opportunities and slowly, with the help of some influential and relentless women it is starting to become more acceptable for women to box.
There are certainly many more opportunities than ever before for girls and ladies, and I have witnessed lots of changes in the attitudes of coaches, other athletes, officials, spectators and supporters.
So far in my boxing journey, I have placed bronze in two National Championships in 2017 and 2018. I have also won gold at the Haringey Box Cup 2018 (arguably one of the most prestigious events in the amateur calendar) and I have won gold at the East Midlands Box Cup 2019.
This season (2019-2020) I am extremely pleased and happy to be settled in my home of Bletchley ABC and I am excited for the opportunities this will bring.
My current aim is to box in the Celtic Box Cup in Ireland at the end of September 2019 as well as boxing on our Bletchley Club Home Show before the end of the year. After that I can’t wait to find out when and where my next competitions will be.
Training wise – I tend to train between 6-8 times per week with at least one rest day. This includes visiting my boxing club for boxing specific training three times per week as well as running, strength and conditioning training and yoga.
I hold down my training alongside my day job of being a self-employed personal trainer and running ladies only boxing fitness classes. It can get quite tiring haha!
Woodland Manor Sponsorship
For me, having sponsorship from Raj at Woodland Manor Hotel means several things. Firstly – it is having somebody who has said that he believes in me and he wants to support me.
To have that support is priceless especially during the darker times of training or a weight drop when things can sometimes feel difficult and daunting.
Having financial help and support also means that when I need to really train hard, I have space to also rest. It can be difficult to find a work – boxing balance, not burning out through physical exertion but effectively juggling a business and training.
Sponsorship to me also means being recognised as relevant as a female in the sport. As the first woman from Bedford to have competed at these championship levels, it means so much to be able to spread the word and encourage other girls and ladies not only to try boxing, but also to chase their dreams and to never give up on the things that they are passionate about.