Muaythai fighter Nicola Callander is full of fire
Nicola Callander / Pic: William Luu / W.L Fight Photography

Muaythai fighter Nicola Callander shares her post-fight thoughts that may appear as an inspiration for others.

Nicola Callander, 27, is a New Zealand-born super flyweight fighter out of Riddler’s Gym in Perth, WA. The 11-1 competitor has recently traveled to Thailand. During the journey to the birth place of the “Art of Eight Limbs” she has stayed and trained at Koh Yao Noi camp. Australian fighter has also fought and came out victorious out of the bout against a local vis-a-vis.

A few days after the contest Callander made a post on her Facebook page.

As well as any of those who ever step on the path of a fighter she certainly gains experience from both sides of the medal.

In the first part of sharing her thoughts the female fighter reminisces the joy of training.

“Some mornings I didn’t want to get out of bed. But I did. I didn’t know how I would get through the run. I put one foot in front of the other. There were times I couldn’t feel my arms but I kept on punching. Sessions I couldn’t hold back the tears so I kicked harder.”

Callander then looks back at the roots, where and why it all has started for her. The explanation is as simple as it comes. In addition, she looks forward and notes what this journey brings her along the way.

“Someone asked me what is it that makes me keep going when it gets hard? I remind myself that this is my dream, I chose this, I want it. I knew fighting wasn’t going to be easy but if I keep going, if I push through the pain, the tears and the doubts I prove to myself over and over again that I am capable.”

An ultimate acceptance of the situation comes with understanding: “I control my mind, it doesn’t control me,” she concludes.

“If I had stopped when it got hard I would never understand what it feels like now to be standing at the end looking back at how far I have come. What I have accomplished, all the small battles I have won. My hand raised in the air. I met some amazing people, was trained by champions, learnt so much about the sport and about myself.

The words of appreciation finalize the post: “Thank you to everyone who was part of it. I couldn’t have done it alone. Bring on 2017.”

After five weeks spent in Thailand, Nicola Callander is back in Perth

She indeed appears full of fire although her next challenge is eight weeks away.

“There is a few things in the go at the moment, but my next confirmed fight is at Epic 16,” she told fightmag.com.au

“I am fighting the WMC Victorian champion Pamela Ablang from Superfight gym. This is a warm up fight towards the World Muay Thai Angels in April.”

Epic 16 Game: Dean vs Godtfredsen is held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Herb Graham recreation centre, Mirrabooka, WA.

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Parviz Iskenderov

Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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