Fight­ing to the top

Even at age 10, there is sim­ply no stop­ping Amelia O’Toole in the box­ing ring

Western Times - - SPORT - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

BOX­ING: Amelia O’Toole is prov­ing to be one tal­ented 10-year-old fe­male boxer as she fought her way to the Un­der 13 Queens­land Novice Box­ing Ti­tle.

Over the week­end, Amelia and her fam­ily, as well as her two coaches Chris Seng and Peter LeGrof, trav­elled to Aca­cia Ridge for the much an­tic­i­pated event.

Coach Seng said Amelia’s hard work had re­ally paid off.

“Amelia’s head coach Peter LeGrof has been putting in a lot of time with her in­clud­ing gym, pad and bag work, run­ning and gen­eral train­ing,” he said.

“We strug­gle to get spar­ring in Charleville and to fight you need to good spar­ring.

“Peter has been tak­ing her away to Bris­bane and the coast for spar­ring be­cause if you don’t get spar­ring you are at such a dis­ad­van­tage.

“How­ever, it didn’t come back to bite us this time and Amelia had plenty of spar­ring and fought re­ally well.”

The ac­tion kicked off on Fri­day evening with Amelia go­ing up against Holly Mor­ri­son from War­wick.

“Amelia had a hard fight first up against Holly Mor­ri­son that went the dis­tance. It was a good hard fight and she luck­ily walked away with the win,” Seng said.

“She then went through to the fi­nal on Satur­day where she came against Aryiana Thomas from Bris­bane.

“Amelia stopped her in the first round and it was a very im­pres­sive show­ing and she is now four fights for four wins with two by stop­page.”

Amelia’s mother Kylie was also ex­tremely proud of her out­stand­ing achieve­ments.

“We are ex­tremely proud of Amelia’s achieve­ment of win­ning the Novice Ti­tle, but we are es­pe­cially proud of the sports­man­ship she showed to­wards her op­po­nents,” Kylie said.

“Amelia is re­ally excited about her win and now has set sights set on the Queens­land Golden Gloves in Au­gust.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

TOP FLIGHT FIGHT: Amelia O’Toole with her coaches Chris Seng and Peter LeGrof af­ter her box­ing suc­cess at the week­end. IN­SET: Amelia shows off the spoils of vic­tory.

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