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Two boxers and two golds

The Wairarapa Boxing Academy [WBA] took two boxers to the National Championships at Tauranga and came home with two gold medals.

New Zealand junior international Daisee Omundsen, 16, took bragging rights over another Masterton boxer Brooke Miller to claim the Female Junior 52kg class championship

Seventeen-year-old Tyson Noda took out the Men’s Youth 54kg weight division over Kwahli Beauchamp when the referee stopped the fight in the first round.

WBA trainer Laurence Titter was proud of the efforts and the gold medals make up for the sacrifices the pair have had to make.

“They’ve sacrificed a lot over the last 18 to 24 months,” Titter said.

“Young teenagers, social lives, friendships, and they’ve had to sacrifice a fair bit of time during the week and travelling away at weekends.”

For Omundsen, 16, the victory caps an outstanding last 12 months, in which she won two gold medals in two divisions at the Australian Golden Gloves and won a gold medal and was awarded ‘Female Fighter of the Tournament’ at the Oceania Junior and Youth Championships in Samoa.

Titter said her success is just part of an ambitious plan for the Wairarapa College student.

“We’ve set a 10-year plan which she’s looking to achieve. She’s part of the New Zealand team, she’s also the junior female captain and she’s set some pretty big goals for herself.

“The next couple of years she wants to go to the Youth World Games, she also wants to compete at the next Commonwealth Games and she’ll be 18 by then and then she wants to make the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

“She wants to do the next two Comm Games, the Olympics and we’ll go from there.”

“Tyson is in the same boat and he’s expressed that’s the path he would like to take and then what we do after that whether we stay amateur or go pro – that’s in the 10-year plan for these two.”

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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