Ellie Harber: Muay Thai, overcoming bullying and controlling her anger

Mar 26, 09:00 PM

On the final episode of this series of SportSpiel we cross into the world of Muay Thai and speak to recently-crowned WBC world champion Ellie Harber.

That victory was the 12th title claimed by the 18-year-old from Watford in a variety of martial art disciplines and was her first success in an adult tournament, which saw her win four fights in four days as she went on to secure gold in her maiden senior world championships.

Despite her young age Ellie has come a long way since her first venture into a gym. Not only has the sport provided her with a platform to excel it has proved to be a vital way for her to control her anger and find a way of expressing herself.

What’s more, she’s also let her sport do the talking to quieten the bullies who tried to ridicule her earlier on in life.

Quite simply Ellie is one of an exciting generation of young female athletes proving sport is for them – and for everyone. No doubt she is a superstar in the making.

DISCLAIMER: The audio at the beginning of this interview is unfortunately low quality but improves just after the two-minute mark.


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Music: Otis McDonald