Olympic hopeful Natasha Jonas has admitted the memory of not being selected for the World Championship is spurring her on as she pursues glory at London 2012.
Speaking exclusively to JMU Journalism, the fighter from Toxteth refuses to accept her position in Team GB is assured and understands there is much work still to do if she is to match the achievements of fellow Liverpool fighter David Price, who was a bronze medal-winner in Beijing in 2008.
“If I didn’t dream it, I wouldn’t be here,” said the 27 year-old. “However, there are still little steps you’ve still got to take before you can take the big one and be there. You can’t just be at the Olympics.
“Last year, I wasn’t selected to go to the World Championship and I was absolutely devastated. I think that changed my mind a lot because I am nice, but being nice is just who I am. It’s business inside the ring. You can be whoever you want outside the ring.”
The memory of standing on the podium listening to the
national anthem being played motivates her to achieve
more, and will hopefully lead to standing proud in London
She said: “When I won my first medal at the European
Union, standing at the top of the podium listening to the
national anthem playing, well, I’m not an emotional person
but I started to well up and I was really proud of myself. My
mum and nan were crying. I was proud to do it in front of all
Jonas only took up boxing six years’ ago to keep fit and
lose weight. Since then, she has made enormous strides
in the sport, claiming a gold medal at the EU
Championship in 2009 and 2011.
She has also won the ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England) Championship four times (2007-10) and she clinched the GB Championship in 2010.
She currently spends Monday to Thursday training with Team GB before heading back to Liverpool to work out at the Rotunda ABC on Friday, under the watchful eye of head coach Mick McAllister
Although she has travelled extensively in 2011 so far, including trips to Ukraine, China and Sweden, and with a possible trip to Brazil for warm-weather training only a few weeks’ away, Jonas’ focus remains firmly on next year’s games in the capital city.
“We were focusing on the European Championships this year, but it was as an aide to the Olympics. We've been training with China and Russia as they’re the best teams in the world. We are going specifically to the top seeded teams in the world and training with them."
By Liam Deveney, Website Editor
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Jonas has her sights fixed firmly on London 2012; working on her punch combinations at Rotunda ABC