SAS Who Dares Wins: Brutally beaten midwife breaks silence on being punched by man

Last night’s SAS: Who Dares Wins episode lifted the lid on what life is like for female recruits – and showed the brutal reality of women competing against stronger and bigger men with no holds barred.

And viewers watched as one of the female contestants took a brutal beating from a male recruit as they were picked to box as part of a gruelling training challenge.

Midwife Louise Gabbitas, 29, was shown taking shockingly hard punches to the face and head as student Nathaniel, 27, rained down blows on her.

She was left bloodied and stunned as SAS host Ant Middleton told the contestants: "The enemy doesn’t care what gender, race or religion you are."

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Louise took a volley of punches to the face and head
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SAS Who Dares Wins: Brutally beaten midwife breaks silence on being punched by man

But, she said, she didn’t want Nathaniel to hold back because of her sex
(Image: Channel 4)

Louise has now broken her silence on the aftermath of the boxing challenge, revealing that she and Nathaniel had talked it out between them.

"From the start, we were made aware that we would be treated as equals to the men and that there would be no changes, allowances or exceptions for any of us," she told Mirror Online.

"Boxing is a regular task featured in each series so I knew it would come up. I was so physically and mentally drained I didn’t want to fight ANYONE, Male or female. We were all friends by this point. Gender was irrelevant.

"However, I had to do it and it was just another task to me. I would have been disappointed if Nathaniel had held back. The task was about being equal and he completed the task as he should have."

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Louise looked stunned and teary after the brutal beating
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She went on: "I’m thankful for how things turned out. It taught me more about myself. Losing isn’t ideal for someone so competitive, but it proved I am more resilient than I thought I could be.

"Nathaniel and I have a good relationship. We’ve discussed the situation at length and I understand I put him in a difficult position. I think how he’s handled it is commendable."

Nathaniel, who looked utterly devastated after he won the fight, has admitted that punching Louise was one of the hardest things he’s ever done.

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It’s the first time women have competed on the show
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"It was something that I expected to happen as it was the first time women were part of the show," he revealed.

"Although it was inevitable, and something I tried to mentally prepare myself for, it was one of the most difficult tasks I had to do during the series."

It’s the first series in the show’s four-year run in which women have been allowed to compete.

The decision followed the Ministry of Defence’s rule change which allows women to serve on the front line and join the SAS.

*SAS: Who Dares Wins continues Sunday January 20 at 9pm on Channel 4