Women’s Officials Development Programme Spotlight: Laura Ball

January 13, 2024 | by Chris Boyd


Hemel Warriors’ Laura Ball is a former boxer turned judge and hopes the Women’s Officials Development Programme will allow her to gain the skills she needs to be a judge.

How did you first get involved with boxing and become an official?

After boxing recreationally for 11 years, I turned my attention to what goes on outside of the ring. In 2019, my head coach encouraged me to do my England Boxing Level One coaching course and after that, in September 2020, I started a girls-only class that went on to be very successful.

Due to its popularity, we were forced to launch a second class so we’ve been running two a week. In June 2023 I qualified as a judge, so I’ve taken a break from coaching to start my officials journey.

What do you hope to get from the WODP that can improve you as an official?

As a new official, I’m excited to learn from the very best and progress as a judge with the hope of one day in the future being a referee.

What do you enjoy the most in your officiating role(s)?

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far and everyone has been so supportive. I’ve enjoyed the perk of getting a ringside seat to watch boxing.

Who are your biggest boxing inspiration?

I watched Lennox Lewis when I was younger and he was a huge inspiration to me. He is such a humble guy and when he chose to box as a Brit it made me want to support him even more.

I’m also inspired by female boxers who have paved the way… Jane Couch, Nicola Adams and Natasha Jonas are a few whom I admire. I have to mention Katie Taylor as well, as she has raised the profile of female boxing.

What is your aspiration in boxing?

As I mentioned before, I want to go on to become a referee.