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Willpower - Secondary Assembly Resources

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Script to introduce Film - Women in the ring

Women will be able to make history in the boxing ring at the London Olympics.

For the first time ever, women's boxing has been included on the programme of events at London 2012. Men have been able to box at the Olympics for over a hundred years.

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MC Mary Kom from India dreams of being the first female Olympic boxing champion.

The 28-year-old started boxing ten years ago and it has sometimes been difficult for her to succeed in a male dominated sport.

Many people in Northern India where she is from have a low opinion of female boxers.

But through willpower, determination and courage, MC Mary Kom has literally fought her way to success and to break down stereotypes.

By 2009 she had won four world titles and since this video was made, she has won a fifth one.

Map of India
Mary is from Manipur state in north-eastern India

MC Mary Kom is married with a young family and those close to her are proud of what she has achieved.

As you will see in this film, her success and dedication has made her an inspiration across India and she has encouraged a whole generation of girls to take up boxing.

Mixing motherhood and Olympic dreams 2,19.

Secondary Discussion Prompts

What do you think of some of the images in the video? Were you shocked to see some of the female boxing?

Women's boxing will be included for the first ever time at London 2012. Should men and women be treated the same in sport? Email your school's answer to

Women boxing can be controversial. What do you think? Is it 'feminine' for women to box? Does it matter?

Why would it be so special for MC Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal?

What difficulties has MC Mary Kom faced as a female in a male dominated sport?

How do you think sport can help to break down stereotypes?

MC Mary Kom has shown a lot of willpower to succeed in boxing. Have you ever had to do something that needed willpower?

Secondary Assembly question

Ask the assembly these questions and let us know your school's answer.

Women's boxing will be included for the first ever time at London 2012. Should men and women be treated the same in sport?

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