Black belt Jess Fraser is the creator and driving force behind Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG). She is fiercely proud to be the leader of this groundbreaking group which is currently, & forever will be, club and affiliate neutral.
In 2010 Jess recognised the need to cultivate an all inclusive culture within the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community toward proactively effecting the retention and growth of participation levels, particularly in regard to females athletes.
Since then, under the banner of AGIG Jess has proactively worked on this goal by focusing on fostering community development and cultural change, creating large scale female focused events, offering online and hands-on member support and technical development.
In the past 7 years Jess has not only excelled as a competitor (representing Australia for a 4th time in Abu Dhabi in April 2017: medalling twice within those appearances as well as bringing home a silver medal from the World Championships in LA plus over 50 gold medals accumulated at State, National and Pan Pacific Championships), she has also worked tirelessly to excel in her contribution to the community.
She has created and managed over 30 competitions (small to large scale) as well as running the largest female only events currently held in the world (last attendance for 3 day camp was 135+ women). All while moderating, supporting and managing the vast AGIG community.
She continues to support and inspire women throughout Australasia daily via the online AGIG community (with a membership base of over 1200 female athletes), as well as in person at female centric events, seminars and training sessions. She is also a leading provider of employment opportunities for females in BJJ in Australia, employing over 30 people per year in coaching and support roles at events.
If you have not yet met her, she’s probably most keen to meet you where she’s at her happiest – in a gi and on the mats.
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