Ella Boot has been selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas this July.
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NAME: Ella Boot
After nine years of competitive karate under her black belt, Sunshine Coast teenager Ella Boot had reached the pinnacle of her martial arts career before making a switch to boxing.
The change came at the end 2015, when Boot decided to explore new goals and opportunities at her local gym in Cooroy.
“I had gone as far as I could with competitive karate and I had a strong desire to set new goals,” she said.
Boot’s impact on the sport was immediate, unbeaten in her first 12 fights she went on to win her category at this year’s Australian Boxing titles.
“I had been training very hard at the gym in Cooroy run by my coach Mark Evans and I had set my goals, they are the stepping stones to my boxing career.
“Success in such a short time is only from determination and effort, I believe you need to have a strong heart and mind.”
Boot says self-belief is the key to peak performance in the ring, which is why she routinely visualises herself standing on stage with a gold medal around her neck.
“I imagine doing the best I can and being there with the gold medal,” she says.
“These thoughts help me mentally because it gives me enough confidence to perform and it makes me want it even more”.
Learning of her selection into the Australian team at Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, she says, still feels surreal.
“It is so amazing to be with some of the best talent around the world knowing that they are all representatives for their country.
“it is still feeling like all a dream.”