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TRIBUTE TO WOMEN IN BOXING

Away from boxing, Dr Halbert practices professionally as a sociologist specializing in sport, gender and social psychology, a field she also researches and teaches and as well as being involved in corporate training. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Mass Communications from Western Kentucky University in 1992. She followed this by attaining an M.A. and then a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. Her story is unique in that she has managed to fuse her extensive experience in boxing with education and study to challenge preconceptions of women in the sport and benefit her students with advanced, modern training techniques. Christy has even put this invaluable boxing know-how to print and authored a book on training methods and competitive strategies aimed at giving a boxer the edge to success.

She currently holds the post of Director and Head Coach of Nashville Boxing Resource Center, Tennessee, where 14 national champions have florished under her astute stewardship. In recognition of her devotion to boxing both nationally and internationally, Christy has been awarded the Olympic Torch Award 2011 by the United States Olympic Committee and the Guiding Women in Sport Award 2013 by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. In 2014, in honor of her unparalleled achievements and tireless contribution to the sport of boxing, she was selected as part of the inaugural class inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame. Dr. Christy Halbert truly embodies the work ethic attributed to our sport, continually carving out a path for women boxers to carry on their journey to success, dispelling that same notion that boxing is a sport only for men with each step. Articles for this section are kindly provided by AIBA Women’s Commission.

No. 12 | JANUARY - JUNE 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 33

AIBA Boxing News January-June 2014  

The official magazine of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), including World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB).