Beaudesert woman wins world wrestling championship in Japan

CHAMP: Jessica Lavers-McBain is the new under 56kg Combat Wresting world champion.

CHAMP: Jessica Lavers-McBain is the new under 56kg Combat Wresting world champion.

The Combat Wrestling World Championship was held on October 21 and 22 in Japan, with 36-year-old Beaudesert woman Jessica Lavers-McBain taking out the top prize in her under 56kg division.

Lavers-McBain said as a mum with a four-year-old daughter, she was lucky to have a supportive husband, especially since her next goal was to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The Commonwealth Games freestyle trials are on in four weeks in Melbourne,” she said.

“I’m training every day and I intend to go down there in the next week or so to continue training in Melbourne.

“The competition is on November 25 so hopefully I’ll win that tournament but that’s no guarantee that I’ll make the games and I’m not even sure how many positions Australia will get in wrestling.

“They usually allocate six female and six male spots, but they do tend to give positions to the more popular sports so wrestling might only get five or so spots to share among male and female athletes.”

Lavers-McBain who works at Black Dragon Kai Marital Arts Centre in Jimboomba, said she had only been wrestling for two years but had been doing martial arts since 1999.

“This is my second world title – I also have a world title in Muay Thai, which I won in 2010,” she said.

“I got into wrestling after attending a wrestling camp in 2015.

“I absolutely loved it and so I have been focusing on wrestling for the past couple of years.

Lavers McBain said she would also compete in the Commonwealth Cup to be held in South Africa in December.

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