Women’s Officials Development Programme Spotlight: Wendy Hurst

February 17, 2024 | by Chris Boyd


Warley ABC’s Wendy Hurst is hoping her venture into officiating will encourage more disabled individuals to get involved in boxing.

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

I first got involved in boxing because I wanted to try the sport. I then began coaching and, a few years later, decided I wanted to be an official and try something new.

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

I hope to gain confidence and self-belief through talking to others and through active learning opportunities.

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

I enjoy watching boxers develop from their first skills bout to starting to compete or go into the next age group and just grow and change completely.

Who are your biggest boxing inspiration?

My inspirations are the people who say ‘You can’t do this. You’re in a wheelchair.’ They inspire me to say ‘Watch me!’

What is your aspiration in boxing?

I’d like to keep coaching and officiating and encourage more disabled people to take up roles within the sport