"Getting punched in the face makes me feel alive. It sounds mental, it sounds like I'm a psychopath, but I'm not – I've checked"
Bianca comes from Canberra where from an early age she participated in and excelled at many sports. During her primary school years at Red Hill Primary School she took part in a variety of sports and activities, both in and out of school, including athletics at school, Minky (junior version of hockey), waterscout at the Yarralumla Yacht Club, basketball and soccer. It was as a teenager playing soccer that her coach recommended that she find a sport where ‘she could hit someone’, alluding to Bianca’s brazen ability to step up to her opponent and kick a ball. Bianca then discovered kickboxing and joined the Phoenix Kickboxing Club in 2001. Her dedication and hard work saw her excel in kickboxing, going on to achieve her first win against a tough contender at an Australian Kickboxing Championship in 2009.
The announcement that female boxing would be included in the 2012 London Olympics was the impetus that drove Bianca’s move to the world of boxing. She was able to secure one of Canberra’s and Australia’s best boxing coaches Garry Hamilton who boasts more than 30 years of boxing and kickboxing experience and has groomed world champions. She joined the (Underground Boxing Club in Queanbeyan) and later moved to the Stockade Training Centre to kick off her preparation and training process.
It soon became apparent that there was not enough boxing competition in Australia to allow Bianca to develop and hone her boxing skills – in particular, the shortage of female opponents in her weight category to compete or spar with. Her acceptance by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association to train in Ireland came at the right time and resulted in her decision to quit her well paid job as an advisor to a politician; selling all of her belongings and flying to Ireland to set herself up in the heart of Europe.
She had one of Ireland’s best coaches, Pat Ryan from the Portlaoise Boxing Club providing her the necessary training and guidance. The Irish were warm and friendly and welcomed Bianca into their world. Ireland was her launchpad into major competitions in Europe and saw her quickly winning most of her fights in countries including France, Finland and Spain. She was also under the tutelage of another boxing coach, Luis Furlong from the Wexford CBS Boxing Club in Ireland. Luis trained Bianca for just under five months in Spain with most of her training sessions undertaken at the The Ring Boxing Club Torrevieja.
Since coming back to Australia in 2012, Bianca trained in Canberra under Garry Hamilton. She narrowly missed out on representing Australia at the Olympics and now has the World Amateur Boxing Championship's in her sights.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Bianca has a BA in International Relations from the Australian National University. She graduated in 2008 majoring in Community Development.
While at university she decided to take a couple of years off to participate in aid work in South Africa. So in 2005 Bianca volunteered in Tsolo, Eastern Cape, South Africa for the Student’s Partnership Worldwide (SPW SA – now Restless Development). She worked on a Youth Empowerment program in a rural community and implemented a sports project to empower the young women in the community. She then returned to Australia to complete her degree.
Bianca worked as an electorate officer to the former ACT Greens Member of the Legislative Assembly, Amanda Bresnan from 2009 to 2011.