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Three Queensland debutants to step into Olympic ring

26 May 2021

Three Queensland boxers will prepare to make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo after the Australian Olympic Committee announced its latest round of selections.

Skye Nicolson, Paulo Aokuso and Justis Huni were all officially named after having met their qualification commitments in 2020.

Featherweight Nicolson will be looking to continue her rise after winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and will follow in the footsteps of her late brother Jamie, who competed in the Men’s 57kg in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

After claiming silver at the Asia Oceania Olympic qualification event, light-heavyweight Aokuso will pull on the green and gold after his father Kigilau represented Samoa at the Commonwealth Games while his younger brother, Austin, is also a Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Individual Scholarship Holder.

Finally, super-heavyweight Huni will carry over his form from his recent professional debut into the Olympic arena having amassed an impressive 3-0 record in a short span.

QAS Chief Executive Chelsea Warr said it has been great to see the boxing team recently training at the QAS gym as part of their preparations for the Olympics.

“It’s been terrific and inspiring to watch these athletes on their journey towards Tokyo and coming together as a group at the QAS,” said Ms Warr.

“They are exceptional role models about how to pursue excellence and dedication and the commitment required.”

The Queenslanders join Caitlin parker (middleweight), Harry Garside (lightweight) and Alex Winwood (flyweight) as the Australian Team selections for boxing.

Athletes selected in the Australian Olympic Team:

  • Paulo Aokuso (QLD)
  • Harry Garside
  • Justis Huni (QLD)
  • Skye Nicolson (QLD)
  • Caitlin Parker
  • Alex Winwood

Last updated: 26 Apr 2022