Boxing for gold

by Natasha Jonas, Athlete Mentor, Youth Sport Trust

As an amateur boxer there are not many opportunities for us to be on worldwide television and showcase our talents. The Commonwealth Games is a massive opportunity to do this for myself and for my sport, so we have to build on our success after the Olympics and keep the sport moving in the right direction.

Competing at a multi-sport event is so different to a typical major boxing tournament as there are more athletes, more sports etc. There's also opportunities for you to share experiences with other athletes, appreciate other (sometimes non-mainstream) sports, and learn new techniques. Boxing is a very individual sport but there's a huge sense of 'team' pride, suport and togetherness, which spurs me on to perform to the best of my ability!

For me just to be selected is massive as I was competing against another person just to get in the team, so it's a great honour and a great achievement, but now I have to go and justify my selection. Being the competitive person I am, I will be striving for gold, which I'm well capable of! 

Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentor Natasha boxes in the lightweight category at the Commonwealth Games, the first time women's boxing has been included in the Games. Her first round fight is against Shelley Watts from Australia at around 3.15pm BST on Tuesday 29 July.