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The World Games Athlete of the Year 2018

Svetlana Vinnikova - Muaythai

Svetlana is the reigning IFMA World Champion and European Champion at 63.5kg. In 2017, she won gold at The World Games in Wroclaw (60kg), and also held the titles of European and World Champion at 63.5kg. Svetlana was awarded the Golden Belt 2018 by the Russian Union of Martial Arts – equivalent to female athlete of the year – in recognition of her achievements.

Svetlana has chosen to dedicate her working career to the promotion of women in muaythai. She teaches young girls and women from the beginner stages, focusing on muaythai as self-defence and as a cultural martial art. She’s a firm believer that makeup and muaythai belong together, and there is a place for femininity in combat sports. Svetlana often highlights the girls’ achievements on her social media - showing them you don’t have to be a champion to get praise for setting and reaching goals.
Svetlana says: “If I can help just one girl become a stronger and better version of herself, then I am happy."

13 December, 2018

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