Champions are not made in Gyms. They are made from something they have deep inside them. A desire, a dream, a vision.
— Muhammad Ali

At the age of 32, when most other high performance athletes are thinking about the end of their careers, l discovered my love of the "sweet science ", my love for boxing.
Boxing suddenly entered my life with a big bang and turned my life upside down. At the beginning, I just wanted to participate in one fight. Others decide to do a marathon once in their life, I decided I wanted to experience being in the ring once in my life and I have done everything to make the impossible happen.
Experiencing being in the ring changed my priorities completely. I left my life as a manager in an international health care company to compensate for all the years of training I had missed when I started at 32 years of age.
It did not end after the first fight, there was something burning inside me, wanting more and more "the inner dream, the inner vision", Muhammad Ali once called it.

Photography: Olaf Sankat

Photography: Olaf Sankat

I didn't know what it was, but the passion was getting bigger and bigger. Out of the passion and motivation the success followed. As an amateur boxer, I won the Austrian national championship (I am German and now living in Austria ) and international medals followed thereafter, but I could not get enough. " Nicole be wise, do a couple of fights and then leave it. What do you want to achieve at your age?"

I have heard these words many times, that it is not wise to leave the old safe life to beginn such an intense sport as boxing at the age of 32, but dreams are there to be lived and where there is a will there is a way . My dream is to become world champion, to become a great boxer. I am often told I am crazy, but today I would say it is crazier not to do it, because this is what I love. I love boxing!

"Nicole, how long do you plan to continue ? You cannot continue until you are 40? Yes,of course limits exist, but only in your head. There are exceptions where longevity is concerned, Vitali Klitschko, Bernard Hopkins and Larry Holmes are examples of this. Life does not end only because you reached the age of 30.
I won't stop until I am the best in my weight category, until I am a great boxer and until I am no longer motivated to succeed. So follow me on my homepage or on Facebook and join me on my journey of realizing my dream.


Live your dream
— Nicole Wesner