Milli McCourt has won a gold medal for the second year in a row at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championships held at Long Beach California.
The Byron Bay High School student competed in the 17-years blue belt division and won with a very dominant performance.
Milli had three fights and won two by submission, one through her signature ‘bow and arrow choke’ and the other by ‘arm bar’.
She did not have a single point scored against her in all three matches.
‘It’s the most amazing feeling being the two-times World Champion. I prepared so hard for this competition because I knew it was going to be very tough. I love pushing myself to new limits, setting goals and working hard to accomplish them,’ she said.
Last year Milli competed and won the 16-years feather-weight division.
The IBJJF is held over four days and attracts competitors from all around the world, and is recognised as the most prestigious title in the sport.
Milli is becoming well known in the sport and has been nicknamed the ‘Byron Bay Golden Girl’.
She is known for her very gentle and caring nature off the mat, while being very strong and determined during competition.
More to come
Milli now has her eyes on the Australian Nationals and Pan Pacific Championships later in the year.
‘I’m very excited about both these competitions, I’m going for my fourth Australian and 4th Pan Pacific championship,’ she said.
Milli’s family has just taken over management of the MMA gym in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate and has rebranded it ‘The Academy’.
‘I’m very excited about coaching at our gym. My focus is the women’s and especially the kids program. We have so many great kids and I love teaching them,’ Milli said.
‘BJJ lays the right foundations for kids to learn how to cope with life. It teaches you so much about yourself and gives you confidence to be yourself and not to try to be something you’re not,’ she said.
Father Matt was happy and proud for his daughter.
‘Milli is so committed. She sees herself as a role model for other girls and is doing what she loves,’ he said.