European and World IMMAF Champion
Twenty-four-year-old Leah, from County Down, was crowned International Mixed Martial Arts Federation featherweight world champion in Las Vegas last July, and hopes to turn professional later in 2017. She is currently the world’s top ranking amateur featherweight.
She first started training at a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym at the aged of 18, after giving birth to her daughter, now aged six. As a woman, she found breaking into the sport difficult. She explained: “It is far from easy being a female in a male dominated environment. At the start, it was a lot harder; I felt I didn't fit in and people didn't respect me. But with the help of some of my team mates they gave me the confidence to believe in myself and take a fight. Without my team mates I would never have stepped foot in the cage for my first fight.”
Within two years she had won two world championships and travelled the world. She now believes sport has the power to transform lives and hopes to spread her message through the work she will complete with us.