Olympic Flyweight boxer Alex Winwood has a lot to be proud of.
Not only is he one of 16 Indigenous athletes of the 472 athletes to be selected to represent Australia for the Tokyo Olympics, but he will also be adding to history.
Australia has a storied legacy of Aboriginal boxers. In fact, 19 of the 52 Indigenous Olympians to go to the games since 1964 have competed inside the squared circle.
Becoming number 20 is a badge of honour that Winwood will parade for all to see.
“It’s an honour,” he said.
“[I’m] very proud obviously. There are a lot of great names that have obviously done a lot of great things, in the amateurs and in the pro’s most of them.”
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Becoming a role model is also high on the 24-year-old’s agenda, blazing a path for those from the Noongar nation in Western Australia.
“I’m super proud of that. I’m not sure whether there has been another Noongar athlete that went to the Olympics,” Winwood said.
“I know there’s a super amount of footballers that come out of there, like a lot of them are ridiculously talented.
“It would be fantastic for them to know that there’s other avenues for them to use their sporting ability and things like that.
“Hopefully there’s another generation that comes through that look at running and things like that, or any other Olympic type of sport.”
Boxing commences on July 24 at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan and finishes on August 8.
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