Was I happy with my performance? No. I was not happy at all. I truly believe that was not my best performance. I think about it all the time and don't know whether it was nerves or being over excited before the fight. I know I can box better than that. I do understand that’s sport and I was not the better fighter on the day when it mattered most. Rio however helped me develop as an athlete. The experiences and people I was surrounded by made it virtually impossible to not have grown as a person.
Even though my performance wasn’t up to scratch I was fortunate enough to draw the local Brazilian for my first fight. My Rio moment. Walking out to the centre of the ring after Juan Nogueira had just walked out, the crowd let loose. My ear drums were bursting with the boo’s echoing off the walls. They were extremely vocal. Even though the locals were not on my side, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will draw on this experience for years to come.
After my fight I tried to find as much inspiration as possible for my future fights and life in general. I fed off the energy inside the village which was pumping. Being surrounded by so many elite athletes was something I’ll never forget. Watching Usain Bolt cruise through his 3 events to win 3 gold medals was just incredible. It’s amazing how one person can sit perched at the top of their sport for such a long time. Endless experiences to motivate me for what’s to come.
Making the Australian Olympic team was a long time goal of mine and now that I have locked that down my new goal is to get to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and win a gold medal. The Commonwealth Games is now the only major event I have yet to compete at. After having fought at 2 world championships, an Olympic games and the Commonwealth Games I will most likely turn professional.
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