The Debut of Women’s Olympic Boxing, presentation on Oct. 23
Multimedia Presentation by Dr. Christy Halbert, Olympic Boxing Coach
October 23, 7pm in The Commons Multipurpose Room
The Debut of Women’s Olympic Boxing—Multi-media presentation by Dr. Christy Halbert, Olympic boxing coach
The 2012 London Olympics marked the first time all sporting events included women. Over half the U.S. Olympic team were women; and for the first time in history as well, women earned more medals than men. Women boxers were the last athletes to be included in the Olympics. What took so long? This multimedia presentation showcases the history of women’s boxing, the stories of its athletes’ successes, and offers critical commentary on the socio-historical significance of women boxers’ entry into the Olympics.
Long considered the most masculine of sports, boxing is a stark reminder that women’s Olympic inclusion is part of larger social movement. Boxing amplifies the forces beyond the field of play; the ring itself becomes the site of an arresting display of power and empowerment. From an insider’s perspective as an Olympic boxing coach, Dr. Halbert traces the arc of Olympic inclusion, and offers insightful commentary on the culture within and beyond boxing, and on the boxers themselves.
About Dr. Halbert
Christy Halbert, Olympic boxing coach, earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1999. Her advocacy for the inclusion of women’s boxing in the Olympic Games was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee granting her the 2011 Torch Award. Dr. Halbert has coached women and men to national and international medal success. She holds the distinction of being named Head Coach for the first Women’s World Championships in 2001, and was the first American coach to lead AIBA’s international developmental camp, Road to Dreams.
Dr. Halbert has coached women from around the globe—from Syria, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Vietnam—and her work has been informed by an intellectual’s sense of the larger cultural and historical significance of the participation of women in sport, generally, and in boxing specifically. Widely quoted in the popular press as an expert on women’s boxing, Dr. Halbert is Chair of the Women’s Task Force at USA Boxing, and serves on the Women’s Commission of the international boxing federation (AIBA). She also coaches boys and girls, women and men, at her gym in Nashville, Tennessee.