Face of equality, or an encounter with bruising reality? Woman contestant brutally beaten by a male rival in shocking SAS: Who Dares Wins boxing match
- Midwife Louise Gabbitas, 29, is one of the first women to appear on the C4 show
- She chooses to fight 27-year-old male student Nathaniel rather than a woman
- She is hit in the face several times before she falls to the ground bruised
The decision to allow women into all parts of the military was widely hailed as a victory for female equality.
But TV viewers are likely to be shocked tonight when they see a woman being badly beaten by a male contestant on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.
The incident will raise further questions about how appropriate it is to recruit women alongside men as frontline soldiers.
TV viewers will be shocked to see midwife Louise Gabbitas, 29, being badly beaten by a male contestant on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins
Midwife Louise Gabbitas, 29, is one of the first women to appear on the C4 show, which puts contestants through SAS-style training.
She deliberately chooses to fight 27-year-old student Nathaniel rather than take on another woman in the ring.
While the pair, wearing protective headgear, square up to each other, the chief instructor on the show, former Special Forces sniper Ant Middleton, tells them: ‘The best form of defence is attack. Is that understood?’
Nathaniel does not hold back, smashing Miss Gabbitas in the face several times before landing hard blows to her head until she falls down.
The episode leaves her dishevelled, bruised and teary, prompting Middleton to tell the recruits: ‘The enemy doesn’t care what gender, race or religion you are.’
During the episode Miss Gabbitas is left dishevelled, bruised and teary. This is the first time women have been allowed to compete in the show’s four-year history
Later, he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The fact is, in general, men are stronger than females. It doesn’t mean better, we are just better at certain jobs and women are better at jobs than certain males. If national security and real lives are put at risk, then that is dangerous.’
It is Nathaniel who appears to be the more emotional after the boxing contest.
‘I was trying to not go too aggressive,’ he tells Miss Gabbitas. ‘It was the hardest thing to do.
‘It’s a head f***.’ Miss Gabbitas reassures him, saying: ‘I’m not crying because you hurt me. I’m fine.’
This is the first time women have been allowed to compete in the show’s four-year history, a change prompted by the Ministry of Defence decision to allow women to become frontline troops and even join the SAS.
The recruits were treated equally throughout their time at a tough two-week military training camp based in the Andes, Chile, during winter.
‘We slept together, ate together, went to the toilet together, carried the same weight and did exactly the same tasks as one another,’ Miss Gabbitas said. She admits she found the process ‘absolutely brutal’.
Middleton has been outspoken about women joining the SAS in the past. He previously told the MoS: ‘It’s not about the [SAS] course itself, but the brutal, violent and aggressive realities of war.
‘I believe that level – it’s beyond the frontline, it’s humans hunting humans – is not a place for women.’