I am currrently completing my PhD through the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE).
I am part of a team that has developed a modified, low-risk form of boxing.
Known as ModBox - short for modified boxing this Australian sport for development initiative uses a modified, low-risk form of boxing as a vehicle to assist with the personal growth and development of people from various backgrounds and to encourage community engagement. It was developed over a 5-year period and emerged from an extensive research project where members of the project team worked in direct collaboration with program participants to develop the training content, rules, and concept.
ModBox Programs are geared toward regular ‘end-of-term’ public performances that are designed to provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate their concept of the sport and current skill level in encouraging and supportive environments. The preparation entails not only the development of physical fitness and boxing-related technical proficiency but also engagement in a range of activities intended to help improve the health and physical literacy of participants and help with the building of critical life skills.