Hard work, success go hand in glove

Boxer Caitlin ‘the Terminator’ Parker has her sights set on competing at the Olympics. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d408765
Boxer Caitlin ‘the Terminator’ Parker has her sights set on competing at the Olympics. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d408765

Caitlin Parker (17) is head girl and mentor to younger students at Thornlie Senior High School, as well as having competed three times at the Women’s Junior and Youth World Championships.

She trains twice a day, at home or Fox’s Boxing Gym in Gosnells.

She won gold at the Australian National Championships in 2011, 2012, 2013 and won the tri-nation 69kg Golden Gloves tournament.

When she was 15 and only just old enough to compete, she won bronze at her first Women’s Junior and Youth World Championship in Turkey, becoming the first person from Australia to win a medal at this competition.

Though she only returned this month from the 2013 Women’s Junior and Youth World Championship in Bulgaria, she is already preparing for the next Australian nationals.

She said if she won, she would qualify for the next Women’s Junior and Youth World Championship and being in the top eight there would qualify her for the Youth Olympics, which was her dream.

‘Apart from the Olympics when I’m old enough, of course,’ she added.