She’s a beauty and a brawler
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.
Pulling no punches: Sabrina Compton is putting beauty contests aside to pursue her love of sports fighting.