Introducing the NZ Blackgloves Team Manager - Ashleigh Ahipene
I’ve been involved in Muaythai since I was a baby.
Both my parents were fighters, my mum (Kati) was the first female to fight in New Zealand back in 1990 and my dad (Ben) was a champion back in his day. Muaythai has always been a big part of my life. Brought up living in a gym for 25 years of my life, travelling most weekends to shows.
During my lengthy involvement in our awesome sport I’ve only had a short amount of 16 fights; Having my first fight when I was 16. I retired in 2015 but might make a comeback one day soon. Just need to lose 10kgs! haha
When I was fighting there weren’t as many females in my weight division at the time. It’s so cool to see how much the sport has grown in New Zealand but also Worldwide.
Majority of my fights have been overseas, but my achievements and highlights were: Representing New Zealand:
2007 (World Champs Thailand), 2009 (ARAFURA games - Darwin, World Champs Thailand) 2012 (World Champs Russia) 2014 (World Champs Langkawi) 2015 (World Cup Thailand) New Zealand WMC Junior Flyweight Champion New Zealand WMC Bantamweight Champion x 2 Silver medal at 2007 IFMA World Championships Bronze medal 2009 AFAFURA games
Black Gloves Team Manager 2015, 2016, 2017 and fortunate enough to do again this year.
Fav Fighters? That’s a hard one! I have so many! I’ve met all my fav fighters so you can try to figure it out. New Zealand fighters are the best! I’m excited to be taking a small but strong team to these Champs as I know how much each person travelling is going to gain something out of this. I do every time I attend whether it be more connections across the world or more opportunities and ideas to promote and grow Muaythai in New Zealand.