Victor Harbor Boxing Club's Laura Wright to compete in national bout

TAKING ON THE BEST: Troy Benson, Laura Wright and Mark Nethercott are excited at the prospect of Laura competing in such a big event on the Gold Coast this month.
TAKING ON THE BEST: Troy Benson, Laura Wright and Mark Nethercott are excited at the prospect of Laura competing in such a big event on the Gold Coast this month.

With all her wins by stoppage Laura Wright has become noticed by state coaches and managers and has now been selected to participate in a Super Quattro round robin boxing tournament on the Gold Coast from June 25 to 29.

Laura will compete against two world class athletes in Caitlin Parker, a three times Australian Champion and 2014 World Championships silver medalist and Kaye Scott who is ranked third in the world light heavyweight division and 2014 Captain of the Commonwealth Games boxing team.

Both have been training at the USA high altitude Olympic Training Centre over the past month and they will be a big challenge for Laura.

Laura’s health and fitness journey has taken her from working out with a personal trainer at her local gym to competing against two world class boxing athletes. 

Laura started her transition to a healthy life in December 2014 when she signed up with strength and conditioning coach Troy Benson from Happy Healthy Strong based at F.i.t Health & Fitness in Goolwa.

Troy assessed Laura and developed a plan to specifically meet her needs and abilities.

Together they completed her strength program with some boxing at the end of sessions for fitness with Laura really enjoying it.

Laura showed enough raw boxing talent for Troy to suggest that Laura go and see coach Mark Nethercott from the Victor Harbor Boxing Club to improve her skills.

Troy and Laura continued to work together on her nutrition and lifestyle and the improvements Laura has made under Troy's guidance to date are 50kg of fat loss and she has doubled her strength.

Laura soon developed her boxing enough to be able to test her skills in real matches. 

After injuries earlier in the year, including a fractured rib, Laura has been through a grueling six week training program in preparation for the tournament.

She trains two to three times each day, before and after work commitments, comprising of strength training with Troy Benson, sparring and cardio work at the boxing club with coach Mark Nethercott.

Laura also travels to Mt. Barker and Adelaide several times a week to train with state coaches and participate in interclub sparring.

“Laura is one of the most mentally tough competitors we have had, she has shown a huge amount of commitment in order to train over 15 or 16 times per week” coach Mark Nethercott said.

“She is looking forward to the challenge and has trained extremely hard for the competition.”

The Super Quattro will take place from June 25 to 29 and will include Laura as well as other members of the South Australian state team.

Victor Harbor Boxing Club not only caters for competitors, but people of all ages and abilities looking to get fit and lose weight.