Marianna was born and raised in the Greektown neighbourhood. She is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt and former amateur boxer who has travelled around the world to train and compete in both sports. She is a 2x European International Brazilian jiu-jitsu federation (IBJJF) gold medalist, Asian IBJJF gold medalist, 2x IBJJF masters world medalist, New York No-Gi gold medalist, Ringside World Boxing gold medalist and Golden Gloves medalist.
Fully qualified as a child and youth worker, Marianna has extensive experience in counselling and therapeutic rapport. She has worked with at-risk and high needs children in residential, congregate and school settings. Her goal and passion is to nurture confidence and self-worth in future generations of athletes!
- Most played childhood video game? Super Mario and Crash Bandicoot
- Pineapple on pizza? Yes
- Is a hotdog a sandwich? Nope
- Most memorable movie? The Land Before Time
- What era would you time travel to? 1970's
- Kindred Spirit? Platypus