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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 9956

Mr NIKOLIC (Bass) (13:59): I would like to highlight the success of a young athlete from my electorate of Bass. Promising young boxer Tyler Blizzard competed at the Golden Gloves tournament in Queensland last month and was undefeated. Fighting in the under-50-kilogram category, the 16-year-old from Prospect defeated opponents from Queensland and New Zealand.

This tournament was the biggest one attended so far in Tyler's career. He brought home the Golden Gloves in his category, despite fighting a few weight classes higher than he normally does. Tyler is showing all of the class necessary to achieve his ambition of one day representing Australia at either the Commonwealth or the Olympic Games. He is currently being handled by my friend and veteran trainer Graeme George, who mentored former world champion Daniel Geale in the early part of his career. Graeme said that Tyler has the technique and talent to match it with the best in his class in the country. (Time expired)