Year Awarded: 2015
Sport: Boxing
Scholarship Holders

Caitlin Parker - Boxing

Caitlin Parker was awarded The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program in October 2014 for the 2015 year. Her Mentor is Adam Gilchrist AM.

Caitlin Parker was born in April 1996 and lives with her mother, father and younger brother. She was head girl in primary and high school and entered high school with 3 scholarships: academics, rugby and music. She started boxing at age 11 after achieving black belt in Tae Kwon Do, mainly for fitness but found she enjoyed sparring so when the Coach asked if she wanted to try competition she jumped at the chance. Her first bout was at 13 years old in an exhibition against a 25 year old woman. After her first win she was determined to keep winning because having her hand raised in victory was, and still is the best feeling in the world. She soon won her first national title at 14 and from there went to compete at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Turkey where she won Bronze, which was Australia’s first medal at that competition. Since then she has competed overseas at 7 international competitions winning 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals, including 3 World championships.  She just recently competed in the Youth Olympic Games after qualifying for the event ranked number 2 in the world. She won a Bronze medal, which made her even hungrier for the gold at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020.

Top 5 performances of the last 18 months:

  • Bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games (16-27 August) in Nanjing, China.
  • Silver medal at the 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships (14-25 April) in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Gold at the Brandenburg Cup (February) in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.
  • Gold at the 32nd Golden Gloves of Vojvodina (July) in Subotica, Serbia.
  • Gold at Australian National Golden Gloves at Elite level.

Mentor:  Adam Gilchrist AM

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