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Martin Stark

Martin Stark lives in Sydney where he works as a senior IT Strategic Procurement Leader. Martin is a Courage Champion, Inclusion Practitioner, and an advocate of Diversity, Social Justice and Fairness. Martin was diagnosed with Addison’s disease in 2006 shortly after surviving being placed an induced coma using health and fitness to help manage his autoimmune condition.

Martin is the Founder and CEO of the World Gay Boxing Championships and plans to hold the inaugural “straight friendly” LGBTQ+ inclusive championships in Sydney in February 2023 coinciding with the city hosting World Pride. Martin’s aim is to introduce boxing to the LGBTQ+ and wider community encouraging people participate in the boxing in a safe and comfortable environment.

Martin is passionate about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community and believes superficial virtue signalling sends the wrong message that risks damaging a company’s brand . Martin has joined the Pride 365 initiative to encourage and recognise organisations that commit to supporting LGBTQ+ community in a meaningful way.