At the age of 48, she is one of the first women to compete in the sport of Medieval Combat. In 2014, she was crowned World Champion as part of the first Women’s Bohurt team from the USA.
Amy wasn’t always an athlete. Before she underwent bariatric surgery eight years ago, Amy weighed almost 400 lbs. Since discovering her love for steel combat, Amy hasn’t stopped training. She credits her ever-increasing health and confidence to her passion for her sport. Amy is an unconventional athlete with an inspiring story and an incredible attitude.
“I think my greatest Superpower is Tenacity. I refuse to give up, no matter the setback or disadvantage. I try to stay as positive as possible and I am confident that persistence and hard work bring success. My mantra is “Be Strong. Be Fearless. Be Valkyrie,”and it has helped me get through some hard times in my training and in personal challenges. It’s always easy to go back to the bad habits, to take the path of least resistance but pushing forward, making new goals, and living my life with courage, truth and happiness is so much better. I decided after I lost most of my weight I would live the rest of my celebrating, and that’s what I am doing, every moment of every day by being a Bad Ass Valkyrie. “
I am most proud of becoming a bariathlete (people who have shed their excess weight with the help of bariatric surgery and are now keeping it off by becoming extreme athletes). 8 years ago I would have never considered myself an athlete in any way, shape or form. Now, I have won a gold medal as part of the USA Knights, I am a steel sword fighter and I have competed in two World Championships in 2015 for IMCF (International Medieval Combat Federation) and Battle of the Nations. I have traveled the world to compete as a medieval martial artist and that still surprises me just a little bit every single day. At 48, I never thought my midlife crisis would involve medieval armor, steel swords and shield punching men twice my size but it does, and that makes me happy & proud!