Lutadoras inspired by a superstar of sport

28/03/2019 – Members of the Fight for Peace Lutadoras, a female only group which promotes equality, empowerment and personal development, took inspiration from a personal meeting with Olympic gold medallist, and Laureus Sportswoman of the Year, Simone Biles at London’s O2 arena last weekend.

The catch up took place during the Superstars of Gymnastics event which sees top athletes performing gymnastic displays combining elements of dance, and with enjoyment as a central theme. The Lutadoras were able to attend the event thanks to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a Fight for Peace global partner.

Prior to performing, Simone met up backstage with Fight for Peace members, answering questions and giving some advice on achieving your dreams and keeping things fun. “Make sure you have fun in everything you do and then it will fall into a passion and won’t feel like a job”, was the advice of the Olympian. Simone was also asked about her biggest achievement, which for her was a being pushed outside her comfort zone, at the 2013 World Championships, and succeeding when she didn’t think it was possible. “It was the first time I ever made a world championships”, she said, “I didn’t really feel like I belonged there and then I ended up winning, so that was really exciting.”

The idea of putting enjoying what you do first really impressed the Lutadoras: “It was inspiring to see all of the athletes showing their fun side at the event – I think mixing hard work with fun is really important”, said one of the group. At the event, the Lutadoras also met British gymnast Max Whitlock and saw a host of other athletes perform.

Lutadoras is a programme at the Fight for Peace London Academy which promotes personal development among its members, through a combination of combat sports, educational workshops and support services tailored to individual needs – all offered in a female-only space.