My name is Caitlin Parker and I have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Women's Boxing commencing 23 July 2021.
I began boxing at the early age of 11 and have never looked back. I can thank my Dad for getting me into combat sports as he refused to let me walk to school by myself until I earned a blackbelt in Taekwondo.
Since the age of 15, I have been extensively involved in boxing at an Elite International level. My involvement with the Australian Boxing team has taken me around the world to train and compete at many major tournaments. Some of my career highlights include;
In March 2020 I returned from the Asia and Oceania Olympic Qualification tournament in Amman, Jordan, where I was successful in my Olympic Selection and ranked in the top 2 in Asia and Oceania. It was a relief to hear that the 2020 Olympics had been postponed rather than cancelled. I have waited for my Olympic Dream for so long already - I can wait another year.
My biggest inspirations in life are my parents. My Dad worked 2 jobs 7 days a week for most of my life and my Mum would work multiple jobs to raise money for me to train and compete, and they would still come to training every night. They always pushed me to do my best and instilled in me to never give up. My drive and motivation in life is to not only do well for myself but to do well for them and be the best version of me I can be.
I train 16 sessions a week including boxing, strength and conditioning training. In the lead up to Tokyo I am unable to work consistently because of sporting commitments including traveling domestically and internationally to train and compete. I am currently studying a Diploma of Sports Coaching and Development and work when I can as a motivational speaker to schools, sport groups and businesses.
Any tax-deductible donation would be greatly appreciated and would be of huge assistance in my journey to the Tokyo Olympic Games. All money raised will go towards my living costs, including nutrition, boxing fees, travel expenses, additional training costs and additional equipment costs.
My goal and dream is to be Australia’s first ever female Olympic Boxing medallist. I believe that my strength and determination has positioned me as a genuine gold medal chance for Tokyo.
I have attached a video of a short film about my Olympic Dream by Archivist Media, supported by the City Of Melbourne Arts Grant Program. https://vimeo.com/434893481?fbclid=IwAR0IudH0TlWv1td0gKbdve5ewSCy9CDU5qsiDvwDpD85BDS6Yn0PACLdRoM
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your help would be greatly appreciated!