Marissa Williamson

Marissa Williamson


I am a proud Ngarrindjeri and also a European woman. I just recently graduated from year 12 in High School and am heading off to uni next year. I currently train out of Team Ultimate KickBoxing and I love it. I feel entirely empowered in the gym and I have been loving breaking stereotypes within the gym about there being no such thing as a tough female. I was born and continue to work, study and train on the land of the Kulin Nations.

I started boxing as a form of fitness for my aspiring AFLW career. I honestly thought that playing in the AFLW was the one thing that I was 100% going to do. However, after growing a love for the sport I decided to give up my dream of playing in the AFLW after an injury to pursue a career in boxing. This year has been my biggest year so far. I had my first few fights, I won my first state title against a more experienced fighter, with only 3 fights under my belt. I then went onto have 14 fights in 10months, finishing the year off by winning my first Australian boxing title against a girl who was also more experienced. This year I was honoured to have received the NAIDOC Sportsperson Of The Year. The award really did give me such an amazing opportunity to really truly find out who I am as a person and what culture really means to me. I met so many amazing people, one person, in particular, being Lidia Thorpe for her just incredible staunchness and her want to care for everyone around her.

After a rocky road in life, I’m glad that a sport like boxing has found me. I get told frequently that I didn’t find it, but it found me. I’ve been quite a lost soul in the past and I am ecstatic to be on this road of opportunity and positivity. Boxing really has changed my life.

I’m excited to be apart of Culture Is Life, have found sponsors and be apart of Team Ultimate Kickboxing. 2020 is going to be one hell of a year.