Britnee fights for equality
BRITNEE Wallace is totally focused as she wants to pursue a professional career in boxing or martial arts.
And the 13-year-old won't be deterred by petty rules suggesting women boxers fight in skirts at the Olympics.
"This is a sport for men and women; they shouldn't treat women any differently," Britnee said.
She went to her first training session at the Warwick Boxing Club in 2008 to boost her fitness for what she hoped would be a career in the Australian Air Force.
Britnee liked the boxing training so much she has dropped her air force plans and now has a new focus.
Her primary sporting ambition is to make it to the top in women's boxing but she is also exploring options such as judo, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts.
There is also an outside chance she might decide to follow a career in football.
She is in the south-west under-14 football team to play in Junior Premier League this season.
"While I like boxing better, I am also keen on football," Britnee said.
Due to football commitments, she realises there will be less boxing in 2012.
"I still hope to fit in two fights; hopefully one in March," she said.
While women's boxing is being added to the Olympic program this year at London, Britnee said she had no plans to join the amateur (Olympic) ranks but would concentrate on trying to make it as a professional boxer.
"I really believe I have the best trainers in Queensland in Rodd and Roy Parry," Britnee said.
She recorded a win and loss in her two fights last year after waiting for two years to be matched.
Britnee admits to being nervous before fights but not scared.
"I know my trainers will throw in the towel if needed," Britnee said.
She reckons she can take some heavy blows but is proud of her determination not to give up. "I enjoy being able to fight someone in a ring," she said.
"Boxing is different and I get a great thrill out of it.
"I really enjoy training."
Outside the ring, Britnee said she liked to show respect to people.
"I am not very aggressive, although I am not exactly quiet either," she said.
Rodd said her best punches were the left jab and right cross.
"She is hard hitting and always asks for more information," he said.