• during day two of the FISA Rowing World Championships at Lake Bled on August 29, 2011 in Bled, Slovenia. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Boxing and rowing may not seem like they go hand-in-hand but Paralympic rower Kathryn Ross is stepping into the ring in her bid to qualify for Rio.
Nicky Bryson

16 May 2016 - 7:45 AM  UPDATED 16 May 2016 - 7:45 AM

The fight on for world champion rower Kathryn Ross as she steps into the boxing ring in a bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

This fierce athlete is leaving nothing to chance, partnering with respected boxing coach Paul Perkins at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) combat centre for training sessions designed to add balance to her rowing.

Paralympic rower Kathryn Ross adds some punch to her training routine

“I am limited in what I can do and dabbling in boxing last year with my coach we thought that it might be something that I could benefit from. The boxing program has contributed hugely to my rowing style particularly with balance and coordination, strength and knowing when to be on and when to be off. It’s balancing out my rowing.”

Why we love her (and you should too)

Kathryn won Australia’s first ever Paralympic rowing medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, bringing home silver (and only missing gold by just 0.08 of a second) in the mixed double sculls with rowing partner John Maclean.

Kathryn is also the ultimate comeback hero. Despite a devastating 5th place finish with partner Gavin Bellis at the London 2012 Paralympics, both athletes forged ahead to win back-to-back world titles, taking gold at the 2013 World Championships in South Korea and the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam.

Sights firmly set on a Rio podium

With two world titles already in the bag, Kathryn and Gavin have clearly hit on a winning formula. They may have missed out on a medal in London but the pair has re-set their goal to achieve a podium finish at Rio 2016.