Meet the women mak­ing magic for oth­ers and them­selves.

They’re bold and they aren’t afraid to take mat­ters into their own hands, whether it’s ef­fect­ing change for oth­ers or in their own lives. Hoe I Yune and Chia Ying Na meet the women who make amaz­ing things hap­pen.

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Nur­shahi­dah Roslie, Sin­ga­pore’s first pro­fes­sional fe­male boxer Drawn to com­bat sports as a child, Shahi­dah would look on in envy when she saw other kids prac­tic­ing silat and taek­wondo. “My fam­ily wasn’t very open to the idea of girls join­ing sports, es­pe­cially martial arts,” she says.

Ironic, then, that the 29-year-old now makes a living from sports as Sin­ga­pore’s rst pro­fes­sional fe­male boxer. Since her de­but in Fe­bru­ary last year at the Sin­ga­pore Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (SFC) – where she emerged tops, she’s chalked up six pro­fes­sional wins at other com­pe­ti­tions, beat­ing out more es­tab­lished box­ers from around the re­gion.

Shahi­dah rst picked up box­ing as a stu­dent at the In­sti­tute of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion. The dis­ci­pline and tech­ni­cal skill the sport de­manded made her fall in love with it.

As the only woman boxer in the na­tional team and one of the few lo­cal women in the sport, go­ing pro was never go­ing to be easy. Hav­ing to train along­side male box­ers, she ad­mits it was tough prov­ing she had the met­tle. It also didn’t help that ghts were few and far be­tween – sim­ply due to the lack of fe­male com­pe­ti­tion on the scene. Shahi­dah re­calls work­ing hard to lose weight to make the cut for a par­tic­u­lar weight class in a com­pe­ti­tion, only to be told on weigh-in day that there wasn’t go­ing to be a ght for her. With­out reg­u­lar op­po­nents to go up against, she couldn’t hone her skill.

She al­most gave up. It would have been eas­ier to look for a well-pay­ing job in­stead, but Shahi­dah’s hunger to com­pete even­tu­ally won.

How­ever, box­ers have bad days too, and Shahi­dah says a dev­as­tat­ing loss re­quires a strong mind to bounce back from. It was a long time be­fore she got back on her feet af­ter her rst pro­fes­sional loss.

Part of the process re­quired her to watch videos of that failed ght, and ad­mit that a less-than-stel­lar diet had con­trib­uted to her loss. “Right af­ter weigh-in, I had ice cream and cake,” she says. But she’s gained per­spec­tive. “I don’t be­lieve that there are any fail­ures, only learn­ing points.”

Shahi­dah wants to in­spire more women to pick up com­pet­i­tive box­ing, and has started a pro­gramme for them at Jug­ger­naut Fight Club. Her classes em­pha­sise per­fect­ing ba­sic tech­niques. “I want to help women build their self­condence. It’s what I want to fo­cus on af­ter retiring from pro­fes­sional box­ing – it’s my way of giv­ing back.”

Her World Aug 2017

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