Tyla McDonald is a boxer who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Tyla was born in Frankston, Victoria, in 2003 and came to boxing via netball. She played high-level netball while growing up on the Mornington Peninsula and was encouraged to try boxing to improve her fitness, strength and footwork so that she could become a better netball player. The fitness classes soon became a passion and boxing is now her craft.
In 2015, Tyla decided to commit herself to her newly-adopted sport and began training seriously at Peninsula Boxing with coach Marcos Amado. With professional guidance and dedication, she won 22 of her 30 fights from 2015 to 2021, and recorded only eight losses.
During that time, she became national champion in her weight division in 2017, and retained the title in 2018 and 2019, proving unbeatable in her weight class. The victory in 2018 also earned her a spot on the Junior Girls Team of the Year. On top of this, she has also won the Victorian state title four times.
Tyla has been identified as an Emerging talent by Boxing Australia and is aiming to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. Her other dream is to become a police officer so that she has the opportunity to provide support to troubled teens and teach them to be the best version of themselves.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2017: Australian National Championships – Champion
- 2018: Australian National Championships – Champion
- 2019: Australian National Championships – Champion
- 2022: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3
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