4 October 2017

World-renowned “Queen of Muay Thai” Julie Kitchen will be speaking at the International Conference of Sports for Women (ICSW) 2017. Kitchen made a name for herself as one of the most esteemed muay thai and kickboxing fighters in the world in a brilliant career spanning thirteen years. She is the latest speaker to join a line-up of esteemed sports icons, professionals and industry leaders, who will feature in this year’s conference.

Organized by the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA), the International Conference of Sports for Women is an inspiring global platform that addresses the most pertinent issues in women’s sports today. The conference is set to feature an array of speeches, panel discussion and workshops, all of which revolve around the conference’s central theme “Inspiring Generations.

Kitchen discovered her passion for muay thai after giving birth to her twin daughters, Allaya and Amber, at the age of 22. She began muay thai training at the gym where her husband was the coach and fell in love with the sport. Years later, Julie Kitchen became a formidable figure in the world of fighting, taking part in 63 key fights, of which she won 56. Today, she has a total of 23 titles to her name, 14 of which are world championship titles.

Julie will be sharing her vast experience as an esteemed athlete with the ICSW audience through a panel discussion titled “Sports Across Generations: Opportunities & Challenges”. Joining her in this panel discussion will be Sister Madonna Buder, the 86-year-old nun who became known as “The Iron Nun” for her incredible track record in Ironman triathlons, who is flying in from the United States to be part of the global conference.

On her participation in ICSW, Kitchen said: “I was very delighted to be invited to be part of the ICSW initiative, and I’m looking forward to connecting with all the inspiring individuals who will be at the conference this November. Sport has played a tremendous role in my life and has been my path for finding health and happiness, so having the opportunity to help a young people discover and pursue their passion for sport is something that means the world to me. It’s also been very inspiring to see how much women’s sport has developed in the UAE and all over the world in recent years. I believe we’re on the right path of empowering women to create a better future for themselves and others, and that is all thanks to the many incredible organizations like FBMA who have dedicated their time and energy into developing women’s sports.”

Registrations for ICSW are now open to all members of the public, but spaces are limited. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to register now via the event’s official website www.fbma.ae/icsw. For any inquiries or event information, e-mail icsw.enquiries@fbma.ae.