Zahra Butt is the first Muslim woman to have been certified as an ABA boxing coach (Amateur Boxing Association) in the UK. Ms. Butt runs Box Smart where she coaches women who have suffered from depression or domestic violence on how to defend themselves. Over the summer, she was a finalist for the SPAR People’s Podium which rewards those using the power of sport to improve the lives of others.
“I have to pinch myself every time someone comes up to me and says ‘because of you I’ve had the strength and they’ve made me feel better about myself,’ says the boxing coach and dedicated mother. “It’s always been about giving back and helping others and helping them get over their hurdles that they’re facing in life. I always tell the people in the class that they’re my inspiration. To see what so many of them have been through and go through that journey.”