Amelia rises to the challenge
Excitement was buzzing through the O'Toole household last week when 10-year-old Amelia O'Toole was named in the 2018 Boxing Queensland development sub-junior squad.
The squad was selected by four coaches who based their selections off performance form at the recent state titles.
Earlier this year, Amelia's hard work and outstanding talent secured her the win at the Queensland state titles for her age and weight class, allowing her to slide her foot in the door.
"We were extremely proud when we found out she was selected. It is a lot of hard work and she had put in a lot of work with her trainers Pete and Chris, so it is good to see all that hard work paying off,” Amelia's mother Kylie said.
"It is also a great opportunity and the first time Queensland Boxing has offered something like this, so it is really good recognition for her talent.”
Amelia said she was excited by the opportunity.
"I am looking forward to learning new things and continuing to develop my boxing skills,” she said.
The squad development program will consist of regular training camps as well as interstate and some international competition, the aim being to keep young athletes active to retain them in the sport.
"Amelia's got a goal to compete in the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. She is pretty focused and wants to achieve that goal one day, so this development squad is another step for her to reach that goal,” her mum said.