Sport

Boxing clever

QLD amatuer boxing titles at the Caloundra RSL. Jessica Retallack (blue) V Sabrina Ostowari (red).
QLD amatuer boxing titles at the Caloundra RSL. Jessica Retallack (blue) V Sabrina Ostowari (red). Cade Mooney

NINE years ago, Bianca Elmir's soccer coach told her she should find a sport that allowed her to be more aggressive.

She accepted the advice, and instead of kicking a soccer ball, took up kick boxing and started kicking other women, eventually becoming Australian champion.

Then in 2009, Elmir, who at the time worked as a political advisor to ACT Greens politician Amanda Bresnan, crossed over into boxing.

The woman they call Bam Bam is now in the Chinese port city of Qinhuangdao where places at the London Olympics will be up for grabs when the women's world boxing championships start tomorrow.

Women's boxing will make its Olympic Games debut in London where three weight divisions will be contested: flyweight (51kg), lightweight (60kg) and middleweight (75kg).

Elmir, the Oceania Flyweight Champion, said she couldn't wait for a shot at her Olympic dream. "I can't wait. I feel like a horse with the reins on - I'm ready to be let loose," the 30-year-old said.

"I understand boxing can be shocking and confronting to some people, but it's not as combative as people think."

Australia's representative in the lightweight division in China will be former Sunshine Coaster Jessica Retallack who now lives on the Gold Coast, while Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen will compete in the 75kg division.

Elmir, Retallack and Fischer-Rasmussen all won their weight divisions at the national titles in Hobart in February.

Boxing Australia chief executive Kable Kelleway said because the sport was still relatively new, it was hard to say how the three girls would go at the world championships.

"We're certainly hoping for a minimum of two to qualify for London," Kelleway said.

"But it's going to be a bit of an unknown."

Australia had three top eight finishes in Barbados, including Fischer-Rasmussen who competed in the 69kg class.

Topics:  boxing london olympics


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Queensland facing more scorching days

Queensland is facing hot weather right through until Sunday.

Saturday is set to be a particular stinker in hot weather stakes

Police seek information over Petrie sexual assault

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Police renew call for new information after Polish woman attacked

Local Partners

Daylight saving: 'Draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rocky'

A QUEENSLAND retiree believes he has a solution to the time zone anomaly which sees Queensland operate an hour behind the rest of the east coast.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Start the new year with a bang at Woodford

CLOSING CEREMONY: The Fire Event is Woodford Folk Festival's biggest ceremony.

Farewell 2016 with fire at Woodford Folk Festival

Married at First Sight: M'boro dad to feature on reality TV

LOOKING FOR LOVE: Farmer Sean Hollands, 35, from Maryborough will feature on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

A bull riding accident put everything into perspective for Sean.

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!