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.
Jess recognises the need for cultivating an all inclusive culture and community to proactively effect the retention and growth of participation levels within our sport, particularly in regard to females athletes.
Through AGIG, Jess has proactively worked on this goal, focusing on fostering community development and cultural change, large scale female focused events, online and hands-on member support, and technical development camps with great result since 2010.
In the past 10 years Jess has not only excelled as a competitor (representing Australia 3 times in Abu Dhabi: medalling twice in those appearances as well as bringing home a silver medal from the World Championships in LA), she has also worked tirelessly 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 145+ women).
She has created ongoing and contracted leadership, management and administration work for hundreds of women within our community as well as generating over $100k of revenue injected directly back into our community via wages for AGIG contractors, all female…All while moderating, mentoring and managing the vast AGIG community online as her pro bono work.
She continues to support and inspire women throughout Australasia daily via the online AGIG community, with a membership base of over 2000+ female athletes as well as in person at female centric events, seminars and training sessions. She is also a leading provider of remunerated opportunities for females in BJJ in Australia, employing over 50 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 best – in a gi and on the mats.