She’s a beauty and a brawler

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

While beauty queen Sabrina Comp­ton is comfortable on the cat­walk, she prefers kick­ing, flip­ping and smash­ing her way to the top.

The Mt Roskill 18year-old for­feited her place in the re­cent Miss World New Zealand pageant to pur­sue her true pas­sion – sports fight­ing.

Af­ter winning her first pageant in 2007 and then go­ing on to win Miss New Zealand Asia Pa­cific in Au­gust last year, Sabrina has proven she’s a wor­thy con­tender when it comes to strut­ting her stuff.

But when it came to mak­ing a com­mit­ment to this year’s pageant, she says other things took pri­or­ity.

“It con­sumes a lot of your time with re­hearsals and ev­ery­thing,” she says.

“I just want to con­cen­trate on sports fight­ing.”

Sabrina joined the Women’s Sports Fight­ing Gym in San­dring­ham when she was 15 and says the blend of wrestling, aikea and judo im­me­di­ately ap­pealed to her.

She is yet to be de­feated at her home gym and last year she won a pub­lic fight night at the Trans­mis­sion Room.

“It’s not like tra­di­tional mar­tial arts, you just get straight into it,” she says.

Her de­but on the pageant run­way came about when she was 16, af­ter her hair­dresser sug­gested she en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion, which she went on to win.

She says it’s al­ways an in­ter­est­ing re­ac­tion when her friends from the pageants find out she dou­bles as a sports fighter, but she in­sists the girls she trains with aren’t “stereo­typ­i­cal butch wrestlers” ei­ther.

Sabrina’s mother Mary says the other girls are al­ways sur­prised.

“When her friends saw her in the ring they were like: ‘Is this the same girl who was just walk­ing around with a crown on her head’?”

But she says what she’s most proud of is the stand her daugh­ter has taken against teenage drink­ing and drug­tak­ing, and cred­its her win at last year’s Asia Pa­cific pageant to her de­sire to be a role model for younger teens.

Cur­rently in a gap year, Sabrina says she hopes to take some of what she’s learned in the fight ring and join the New Zealand Army.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Pulling no punches: Sabrina Comp­ton is putting beauty con­tests aside to pur­sue her love of sports fight­ing.

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