Australian boxing team is locked and loaded for 2016 Summer Olympic Games that are held from 5th to 21st August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Shelley Watts, Jason Whateley and Daniel Lewis are the glorious trinity that defends the green and gold colors at Rio 2016. Indeed, Australia’s got talent. So let’s get to know our heroes who will be throwing punches in South American Brazil making the Land Down Under proud.
Shelley Watts, 28, is a lightweight (60kg) female boxer from Laurieton in NSW. She is currently based in Canberra, ACT.
Watts earned her ticket to Rio 2016 by finishing second in the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in China last April. This is her debut at Olympics.
Watts had her first official fight in 2010. Since she has represented Australia in countless international tournaments as well as two AIBA women’s World Championships. Watts made history by earning Australia’s first female boxing gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the lightweight division. In 2015 she won gold and was named as the top boxer at International Silesian Tournament in Poland. In addition, Watts is a ‘Female Fighter of the 2015 Australian Championships’. She is also the ‘Highest Internationally Ranked Female Boxer’ at the 2015 National Championships on the Gold Coast.
Jason Whateley, 25, is a heavyweight (91kg) boxer from Sale, VIC. He is residing in Box Hill South, VIC.
Whateley secured a bronze medal alongside Rio qualification at the 2016 Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament in China last April. He is making his Olympic debut.
Whateley is a two-time national boxing champion in 2015 and 2016. Previously he earned four silver medals at Australian championships. Whateley also represented Australia at both the 2013 and 2015 world boxing championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan and in Doha, Qatar.
Daniel Lewis, 22, is a middleweight (75kg) boxer from Penrith, NSW.
Lewis earned his Rio 2016 qualification by winning the bronze medal at the AIBA Asian/Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in China last April. He is also making his Olympics debut.
Lewis made Australian boxing history by winning the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011. He won his first open National title in 2013 and went on to claim back-to-back titles in 2014 at 69kg. He then moved up to the 75kg.
In 2015 Lewis became both Australian and Oceania champion. He also earned gold at the 2015 Doha International Tournament. Furthermore he was named as the athlete of the tournament.
Australian Olympic Team at Rio 2016
The total of 418 athletes across 26 sports represent Australia at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The Team comprises 271 rookies (64.83%). The youngest athlete is footballer Ellie Carpenter at 16. Mary Hanna at 61 is the eldest. These are her fifth Games.