Boxing talent packs a punch
Boxing: Amelia O'Toole is on an ultimate winning high after boxing her way to yet another victory.
The talented StMary's pupil, 10, recently returned from Acacia Ridge, Brisbane, a Queensland Golden Gloves champion.
If winning one Golden Gloves title wasn't enough for Amelia, two certainly was.
Coming up against some of the best boxers, age and weight didn't deter Amelia from stepping up.
One of the biggest national tournaments in Australia, the four-day competition from August23-26 resulted in Amelia claiming the Golden Gloves title for the under-13 and 34kg Class B division and an exhibition bout against Maylisa Sheppard from Cairns.
Amelia's mother, Kylie O'Toole, said she was impressed with her daughter's efforts.
"Amelia actually stepped up and fought Maylisa - who was two weight classes and age division higher and had more boxing experience then Amelia - to win,” she said.
"It was good to see her stand her own against a bigger and heavier opponent and Queensland Boxing were impressed with her performance as well.”
Kylie said Amelia was extremely excited about her achievement.
"This year, Amelia's ultimate goal was to win a Golden Gloves title, so when she won two she was waving them around and pretty excited,” she said.
"We want to acknowledge her coach, Pete, because he puts in numerous hours and effort as a volunteers, training Amelia five days a week and travelling to tournaments.
"We can't thank him enough because, as talented as Amelia is, without his coaching and support she wouldn't be where she is now,” Kylie said.
A big thank you was also extended to Amelia's major sponsors, DJ's Produce and C Brooks General Carriers, for helping support her journey to tournaments, as well as Annie Liston's support.
Amelia will now take a month off before getting back into training and improving her technique and skills for more tournaments.