Shelley Watts finished 2nd in the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in China in April, booking herself a ticket at her debut Olympic Games in Rio. Watts is determined to make her mark on the Olympic boxing scene, setting herself the goal of returning home with a gold medal around her neck.
From the small town of Laurieton in NSW, the 27-year-old was drawn to the sport after a serious ACL injury forced her off the football pitch. After believing her sporting career was over, a determined Watts starting boxing to regain fitness. Fast forward six years from her first official fight in 2010, Watts has represented Australia in countless international tournaments and two AIBA women’s World Championships.
Watts made history after she claimed Australia’s first female boxing gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the lightweight division. In 2015 Watts claimed gold and was named as the top boxer at International Silesian Tournament in Poland, beating top-class opponents from Germany, Hungary and Russia on her way to the title.
The now Canberra-based athlete was crowned ‘Female Fighter of the 2015 Australian Championships' and the 'Highest Internationally Ranked Female Boxer' at the 2015 National Championships on the Gold Coast.
She is a self-proclaimed ‘massive’ South Sydney Rabbitohs Fan, the National Rugby League competition, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law/ Bachelor of Exercise Science at the Southern Cross University with the hopes of one day becoming a barrister.
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Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 2nd (60kg lightweight division) – 2016 Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament (Qian’an, China)
- 1st (60kg lightweight division) – 2015 International Silesian Tournament (Poland)
- 1st (64kg welterweight division() – 2015 Queens Cup International Tournament (Stralsund, Germany)
- 1st (64kg welterweight division) – 2015 Australian Championships (Gold Coast, Australia)
- 1st (60kg lightweight division) - 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Great Britain)
- Winning the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 60kg (lightweight)
- Two top-8 results at the 2012 & 2014 AIBA Women's World Championships
- Earning selection on my first Olympic Team with silver at the Asia/Oceania qualification event in China.
- Laurieton Public School, NSW, Australia
- Camden Haven High School, NSW, Australia
- Bachelor of Law/ Bachelor of Exercise Science - Southern Cross University (2007-
Mark Grech (2011-present)
Boxing Australia, AIS, ACT, Australia
Australian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
Australian Instituute of Sport, AIS, Bruce, ACT.
Secondary Training Base
Penrith, Sydney, Australia
- Favourite food
- Sweet potato!
- Favourite holiday destination
- Mykonos in Greece. I was lucky enough to travel there after the Commonwealth Games. Or Spain!
- Favourite music
- R&B, hiphop, Rap
- Dream car
- Black Rav4 CV Sport
- Personal Motto
- There are so many quotes and sayings that I love. I have a quote book and love to find new and exciting quotes, ones that I admire and want to live like. At the moment, my favourite is, "DREAM LIKE YOU'LL LIVE FOREVER, LIVE LIKE YOU'LL DIE TOMORROW". Another motto I want to follow is to NEVER REGRET! I don't want to look back on life knowing that there is something I didn't achieve because I couldn't be bothered or was lazy.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Food :)
- - Tattoo in the middle of my back, between my shoulder blades. It is symbolic of myself and my two younger brothers. It is three circles interlocking, which shows our bond can never be broken. Sitting on top of each circle is our star signs. - Saying "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow" on my ribs. - Commonwealth Games Gold Medal on my stomach - Ears pierced once.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Any team sport
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Grandma - aka - MAMA
- Why this sport?
- Because it is YOU vs your OPPONENT - there is no where to hide & no excuses if you don't work hard to win in the ring