West is originally from Boston and grew up on the North Shore. She lived in Salisbury and attended Triton Regional High School while in foster care. She is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter who has competed in the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan. While she’s in Massachusetts, she’ll be training for her title match in Japan on Dec. 1.
She began training as an MMA fighter nine years ago.
“I was very overweight having hit that slump in my mid-20s when my metabolism just ground to a halt. A woman needed an opponent and was having trouble finding one,” she wrote. “I have always been a huge believer in equality and felt it a shame that this woman had done all this work and couldn’t compete ... I lost the fight with the woman but developed a life-long passion for the sport and have gotten rather good at it, competing in Europe, Russia, America and Japan.
“The sport is appealing to me because it’s very similar to chess in that it’s very strategic and has lots of possibilities when competing, so if things aren’t going well with striking, you can change tactics and try something else,” she added. “And just like in life, there is always a plan B.”
Titantic lecture tonight
Kate Gilbert, the exhibit curator at the Custom House Maritime Museum, will give a lecture tonight on the Titanic. The talk begins at 7 p.m. at the Merrimac Public Library. There is a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds will benefit the Merrimac Lions Club.
Georgetown Theatre Workshop opens new season
The Georgetown Theatre Workshop will launch its 39th season with a melodrama, “Bertha the Beautiful Typewriter Girl,” written by Charles George.
“The audience is invited to hiss and boo at the chicanery of the evil banker as he tries to carry out his dastardly schemes to steal a fortune from an innocent typewriter girl and her mother,” note organizers. “Watch as this evil character tries to thwart the love between his own son and the beautiful typewriter girl.”