We announce the 11 boxers who will be donning the green and gold in Birmingham as they fight for gold at the Games.
Tina Rahimi is aiming to follow the example set by her trailblazing female teammates when she boxes for Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games later this year.
Rahimi, 26, who is one of eight making their debut in an 11-strong Australian boxing team for the Games, hopes to create a golden legacy in the 57kg division.
The boxer from Bass Hill in Sydney, who took up the sport to improve her fitness, has become an important role model in the Muslim community and believes she is capable of winning gold in Birmingham.
Rahimi will create history for herself and her community when she becomes the first Muslim female to box for Australia at the Commonwealth Games.
“I know that I have the potential and capability to get the gold, so I have really dedicated myself to the sport,” Rahimi said.
Rahimi uses a social media account titled ‘Boxing with Tina’ to encourage women to embrace the fitness and social benefits that boxing has to offer.
“I am so passionate about teaching these ladies as well. It’s been amazing to help the people in my community who want to train and learn how to box,” she said.
Australia’s boxing squad for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games features an exciting combination of history-making women and male debutants hoping to make a mark for their nation.
The boxers are the second Australian team announced for the Games to be held from July 28 to August 8, with a total of 425 athletes expected to wear the green and gold in Birmingham.
Harris, a Victorian, created history at Glasgow in 2014 by winning a bout on the first-ever women’s boxing card in the historic competition will return for her second Games after missing selection for the Gold Coast
Fast forward eight years, and 29-year-old Harris will compete in the 50kg event in her second appearance at the Commonwealth Games.
Sydneysider Kaye Scott, 37, is the senior member of the team.
She joins dual gold medallist Tony Madigan as Australia’s only three-time Commonwealth Games representatives in boxing.
Scott, who fought in the first legal bout held for women in New South Wales in 2009, is out to improve on a bronze medal-winning performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games when she contests the 70kg class.
Caitlin Parker, 26, a Victorian Institute of Sport member who will fight in the 75kg division, is aiming to go one better than her silver medal in the Gold Coast Games.
Parker, who is mentored by cricket legend Adam Gilchrist through a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship, also competed at the Tokyo Olympics.
Alex Winwood is a Gold Coast-based boxer among the seven men who will make their debut for Australia in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The flyweight, a Noongar man with seven siblings who began boxing at the age of 15 in Mandurah, WA, will compete in the 51kg class. He also competed in Tokyo last year.
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South Australia’s Callum Peters, 19, is the youngest member of the Australian team.
An outstanding junior who won three Golden Gloves championships in under-age ranks, boxing proved an outlet to boost his confidence as he strived to overcome dyslexia at school.
The teenager has long aspired to represent Australia in the senior ranks and his selection in the 75kg category for Birmingham fulfils a boyhood dream.
Fellow South Australian Edgard Coumi will box in the 92kg division, Sydney boxer Taha Ahmad competes in the 71kg class, and Queenslander Billy McAllister is contesting the 80kg division.
Two selections from Western Australia, Charlie Senior, who fights in the 57kg division, and Billy Polkinghorn, in the 63.5kg class, round out the exciting Australian boxing team.
Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM welcomes the addition of the 11 Boxing Team Members who are bound for Birmingham.
“It is exciting to announce our next 11 Team Members who have punched their tickets to Birmingham with the Australian boxing team,” Thomas said.
“Congratulations to Alex, Taha, Tina, Billy, Edgard, Billy, Kaye, Kristy, Callum, Charlie and Caitlin, on their selections to the Australian Team.
“The boxing team is an exciting group of fighters who have all worked hard to get to this moment, this is a special day for them, their partners, families, coaches and friends.
“All seven of our male fighters are making their Commonwealth Games debuts, while three of our four female boxers, are returning alumni who are ready to don the green and gold again in Birmingham.
“Women’s boxing in Australia continues to go from strength to strength, the Birmingham selections include Kaye Scott who is making her third Commonwealth Games team, a first for an Australian female boxer, with Tina Rahimi making her Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham.
“Our Australian boxers enjoyed great success at the Gold Coast Games, and I can’t wait to watch these 11 Team Members be bold, brave and brilliant in the ring in Birmingham.”
Boxing Australia General Manager Dinah Glykidis welcomed today’s selection of the boxers who have confirmed their selection to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“It is an exciting announcement today as 11 Boxing Australia athletes have been selected to represent Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Glykidis said.
“We have nominated an exciting group of talented boxers who are ready to test themselves against the best fighters across the Commonwealth.
“Boxing Australia athletes provided many thrills at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and I’m sure our 11 boxers are ready to represent the green and gold in Birmingham.
“On behalf of Boxing Australia, we commend the hard work each of the 11 fighters have put in to get to this moment, we are so proud of each of them. We know they will continue practicing and improving over the next few months and we can’t wait to see them compete at the Games.”
Combat Institute of Australia CEO Alex Vallentine echoed Glykidis’ sentiments.
“It’s amazing to now have these 11 boxers named to the Australian team for Birmingham. The potential in this group is huge and we look forward to the boxers delivering more medal success like they did on the Gold Coast in 2018.”
“These boxers are the first #TeamCombat athletes named to the Australian team, with Judo and Wrestling teams to also be named in the weeks ahead.”
Australian Boxing Team – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:
|2nd Games (2014: 5th - Women's 51kg)
|2nd Games (2018 - Silver: Women's 75kg)
|3rd Games (2014 - Quarter-finals: Women's 75kg; 2018 - Bronze: Women's 69kg)
Boxing is one of four sports that have been on the program at every Commonwealth Games, with women’s events added for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Australia’s most successful Games was at Gold Coast 2018, with eight medals, including three gold medals.
Australia’s most successful male boxer is Tony Madigan who won three medals, including two gold medals. Shelley Watts is Australia’s first female boxing gold medallist, winning gold in the Women’s 60kg division at the Glasgow Games.
Commonwealth Games boxing medals summary by nation:
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August with the boxing to be conducted from Friday 29 July all the way through to Sunday 7 August with competition to be held at the NEC Arena.