1 August 2019
Murrumbateman, New South Wales boxer Laeli Hogan is headed to Adelaide this October for her second Australian Masters Games. For Hogan boxing is more than a sport, it’s been a gateway to get fit and healthy and make new friends.
After undergoing knee surgery, Hogan started rehabbing and joined a gym with a personal trainer who got her to put on the gloves for the first time and give it a go.
“Before I started boxing, I never understood it,” Hogan said.
“It seemed so violent and aggressive, but once I started I realised that it wasn’t at all and loved it.”
The 52-year-old took to the sport and kept up her training. Over a two-year period, she went from 92kgs to below 70kgs and hasn’t looked back since.
“Boxing has been great for my health and fitness. It keeps you motivated,” Hogan said
“In boxing you’ve got to be focused and stick to your weight class. Once I hit my final weight class, I used it as motivation.”
It wasn’t just the fitness that has kept Hogan in the ring.
“I love the social aspect of boxing. People who try boxing and are aggressive don’t last in the sport,” Hogan said.
“I never expected it to as friendly and social as it is, but I’ve made a lot of friends through boxing. There are a lot of great people in this sport.”
Hogan will be competing in the 69-75kg weight class at the Australian Masters Games this October and she can’t wait to join the over 8000 participants set to hit Adelaide.
“My goals for the Games are to meet new friends and to use it as motivation to keep training,” Hogan said.
“And to come away with a gold medal.”
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