Hervey Bay teenager Charley Needles wants to punch her way to the Olympics.
Hervey Bay teenager Charley Needles wants to punch her way to the Olympics. Alistair Brightman

Charley aims to box for Australia

CHARLEY Needles has a dream and a pretty big one at that.

The 16-year-old Urangan State High School student wants to make history and be one of the first females to fight in an Olympics.

Her dream might very well turn into reality if her dedication to her sport is anything to go by.

Needles, who moved to Australia from England with her parents Wayne and Sharron and siblings Aaron and Franki in 2006, isn’t afraid to put in the hard yards needed to give her dream her best shot.

She trains twice a day, five days a week with Craig Glover at the Street Smart Thai Boxing Centre in Urangan and 5.30am starts are the norm for her. She’s up and out at 4am three days.

Getting out of bed early doesn’t worry Needles.

“You’ve got to work hard if you want to reach your goal,” said Needles, who started boxing three years ago and has won three of her five bouts to-date.

“There is no room for complacency in my book and there never will be.”

Being born and bred in England, does that mean Needles wants to represent England?

Well, that it doesn’t appear to be the case.

“I live here now – Australia is home and I’d be proud to wear the green and gold,” she said.

“My friends back in England would probably give me a hard time though – I’m tough, I can handle it,” she laughed.

While her dream of fighting in an Olympics may still be a few years away, Needles does have her mind set on winning a title soon and being crowned an Australian champion.

She’s hoping to make a fist of impressing in the nationals later this year.

Something she knows wouldn’t be possible without the support she gets.

“My parents are there at every training session and every fight – they support me all the way,” she said.

“They are my biggest critics and my biggest fans.

“If it wasn’t for them and Craig (Glover) I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today and I am so grateful.”



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