SA Women’s MMA caught up with local celeb, Tammy Small, ahead of her celebrity boxing match on the 10th of June.
Tammy faces off against socialite Bernice Van Eck in aid of anti-bullying. Small herself once a victim of school bullying says “We have all been bullied at some point in our lives and Bullying in South African has become an epidemic. It’s been a 10year dream of mine to get into the ring and with #bullyproof being so close to my heart this is the perfect platform to get me started.”
Small has her eyes set on bigger things in future and sees boxing as the entry to her MMA dream “My dream has always been MMA. I’m hoping this will be the start of a bright future for me”.
Her preparation has been grueling and she has been putting in the hours every day, even getting pointers from former Heavyweight EFC Worldwide Champion, Brendon Groenewald.
Tammy knows very little of her opponent, Bernice Van Eck, but both ladies are happy gun it for a good cause.
Event by: Knockout Productions
When? 10 June 2017
Where? Zip Zap Circus (next to the Artscape)
Tickets: Normal R400 and VIP R600 (Ringside, champagne service, and finger foods)
For those interested in some bullying statistics conducted in the United States:
- More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
- Rates of bullying vary across studies (from 9% to 98%). A meta-analysis of 80 studies analyzing bullying involvement rates (for both bullying others and being bullied) for 12-18 year old students reported a mean prevalence rate of 35% for traditional bullying involvement and 15% for cyberbullying involvement (Modecki, Minchin, Harbaugh, Guerra, & Runions, 2014).
- 64% of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36% reported the bullying (Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe, & Hanson, 2010).
- More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied (Hawkins, Pepler, & Craig, 2001).
- School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25% (McCallion & Feder, 2013).
- The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%) (Davis & Nixon, 2010).