By Tina Fong - 6 October 2015
She had to be coerced into coming to Adelaide to box but 55-year-old Jo-Anne Bianchi is glad she did. She is now a Dual Australian Masters Champion after winning gold at her second Masters Games.
The boxer from Melbourne says this time winning gold was better as she had wanted to quit after multiple injuries, “The first time I won was a challenge and this time I didn’t want to do it but was forced into coming by my team mates and coach. It was more of a mental fight as I had wanted to stop, but victory has definitely been sweeter.”
The Australian Masters Games is regarded as one of the premier and largest mass participation events on the Australian sporting landscape with 49 sports being represented. Its aim is to promote the benefits of long term health and wellbeing.
The writer and sales co-ordinator has come a long way after taking up the sport to lose weight. She did so in gold medal winning fashion, losing almost 70kg in 12 months.
For Jo-Anne, winning was even more poignant as she achieved gold in front of her daughter and 5-year-old grandson who live in Adelaide. She has now been asked to speak to her daughters weight loss group this weekend to help them keep on track in their quest for weight loss and fitness,
“I see how powerful boxing for women is, it’s a great sport to use as an emotional and physical release.”
Jo-Anne now teaches boxing to juniors and runs fitness classes at her club in Melbourne.
The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.
The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
We're heading west! The next Australian Masters Games will take place in Perth in 2021.
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