Parker packs a punch in awards

HBF junior Sports Hero Awards ambassador Mike Hussey with Gosnells boxer Caitlin Parker. |Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d417321
HBF junior Sports Hero Awards ambassador Mike Hussey with Gosnells boxer Caitlin Parker. |Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d417321

The award was a fitting achievement for the young boxer, who is travelling to Bulgaria this week to compete in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

‘It was great to get it,’ she said.

‘I like to be thought of as an inspiration to other people ” it’s a big part of sport.’

Parker has come up through the ranks to be a national boxing champion.

She has competed three times at the Women’s Junior and Youth World Championships, won gold at the Australian National Championships three times over, won the tri-nations Golden Gloves tournament and last month she won gold at the multinational Brandenburg Cup in Frankfurt.

Her next goal is to finish in the top four at the upcoming Youth World Boxing Championships, which would qualify her for a spot at the Youth Olympics.

She has been training four to five hours a day.