Caitlin Parker was awarded a Scholarship within the 2015 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with athlete Member Adam Gilchrist AM as her Mentor.
Born on April 17, 1996, Caitlin grew up in the sunny town of Subiaco, Western Australia alongside her parents and younger brother. Eager to prove her independence from a young age, Caitlin attributes her involvement in combat sports to her proud father who refused to let her walk to school on her lonesome until she had earnt a blackbelt in Taekwondo… which she achieved as an 11-year-old.
Not long after Caitlin engaged herself in the sport of boxing. She competed in her opening exhibition bout as a 13-year-old girl against a 25-year-old woman where she was victorious, which acted as a catalyst for her international career. Caitlin then became extensively involved in boxing at an elite level from the age of 15 where her inclusion in the Australian Boxing team took her around the world for training and competitions at numerous major tournaments.
Caitlin is a middleweight boxer trained by Peter Wilkinson out of Fox’s Boxing Den. Following years of continual dedication toward her strength and conditioning training and over 17 accumulated amateur victories, Caitlin is now considered in the top echelon of Australian female boxers after accomplishing the title of the highest internationally ranked Australian boxer in 2019.
Her boxing record now speaks for itself, having successfully competed in several prestigious tournaments such as Australian Championships, Junior and Youth World Championships, Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
Caitlin competed in her debut Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 where she placed ninth and is now hungry for that gold.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 7 x Australian Champion – 2011, 2013-17 & 2019
- 2014: AIBA Junior World Championship – bronze
- 2014: AIBA Youth World Championship – silver
- 2014: Youth Olympic Games – bronze
- 2014: AIBA Youth World Championships – silver
- 2014: Golden Gloves Serbia – gold
- 2018: Commonwealth Games – silver
- 2018: Commonwealth Games Boxing Team Captain
- 2019: Highest internationally ranked Australian Boxer
- 2020: Asia and Oceania Olympic Qualification event – silver
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – 9th