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By LSIS Paul Berry
THE dream of boxing for
Australia at the 2012 London
Olympics is only a handful
of fights away for one hard-
LEUT Maddy Newman has
exploded onto the Australian
women's boxing scene after
only 18 months in the sport.
With just seven fights to
her name, LEUT Newman
holds the title of ACT cham-
pion and is scheduled to take
on the nation's best at the
Australian Championships in
Hobart from February 1-5.
Maritime Warfare Officer said
she had always wanted to try
"It's a sport that really
appeals to me because the only
person that can win or lose
is you -- if you haven't done
enough work or you're not in
the right frame of mind, you'll
lose," LEUT Newman said.
"Being at sea on and off
for the last seven years made
it hard to commit the time, so
as soon as I got a shore post-
ing and the opportunity to put
some training together, that's
what I did."
LEUT Newman relin-
quished her sought after posi-
tion as CN's Flag Lieutenant
to take up the role of CN's
Research Officer in order to
dedicate more time to training.
Fighting in the 60-64kg
Women's Elite category, she
boasts a record of four wins
and three losses with the ref-
eree stopping all her winning
fights within two rounds.
Her coach and training
partner, LSPTI Dallas Clarey
(RANR), said he was amazed
at the drive and motivation of
"Maddy is up at four in the
morning, training two or three
sessions a day and also attend-
ing training sessions with the
Australian coach from the
AIS," LS Clarey said.
"Eighteen months ago she
went from not even knowing
how to throw a punch to now
heading off to the Australian
Championships; they simply
don't take mediocre fighters
to these competitions, so get-
ting there after seven fights is
LS Clarey said LEUT
Newman had completely out-
classed her opponents in her
victories and the losses had all
been very close, with one or
two points in it.
She has travelled the coun-
try over the last six months to
get fights and experience under
her belt, often fighting girls
well above her weight division.
At the Golden Gloves in
Queensland she fought a 72kg
opponent, giving away two
weight classes and almost tak-
ing away the victory.
LEUT Newman has proven
to be a knockout in other areas
She was photographed as
an ACT representative in the
National Women's Boxing
Calendar, due for release shortly.
This year's Olympic Games
will be the first time women
have been allowed to compete
for Olympic boxing medals.
"As soon as I heard they
had opened the Olympics to
females, I thought that's some-
thing to aim for -- imagine
that," LEUT Newman said.
"If I win Nationals
the next step is the World
Championships and then in a
perfect world, Olympic selec-
tion follows on from that.
"It's a huge dream and
there are a lot of girls with
more experience than I have,
but this is my only shot so I
have to give it 150 per cent,"
February 2, 2012
POWER HOUSE: LEUT Maddy Newman spars with
coach LS Dallas Clarey in preparation for the National
Women's Boxing Championships in Hobart (above).
LEUT Newman works on the chart table in the control
room of HMAS Waller while at sea in 2010 (inset).
Photos: LSIS Paul Berry and AB Nadia Monteith
By LEUT Peter Bounty
QUEENSLAND stole the show at
the 29th National Defence Basketball
Championships held at RAAF
Williamtown late last year.
In the men's competition, NSW
dominated in the qualifying games but
in an epic men's decider, Qld claimed
the silverware in a gripping battle that
went right down to the wire.
The Queenslanders were firing in
the first quarter and quickly grabbed a
10-point lead, but NSW regrouped after
the first break and it was anyone's game
Qld coach WO2 Bruce Ferguson
said his team controlled the ball better
in offence. "Our passing was much bet-
ter, we didn't turn the ball over as we
had in other games," he said.
The lead changed several times
throughout the game, but with 10
seconds to go and scores level, PTE
Emmanuel Jacobs hit the winning buck-
et for Qld.
Opposition coach LEUT Scott
Northey said the Qld big men played
extremely well at both ends of the floor
and, at times, dominated inside.
"Overall it was won in the last sec-
onds of a great game played with spir-
it and heart, both teams had plenty of
opportunity to win the game," he said.
In the women's comp, ACT/ Wagga,
SA and Qld all finished with one loss
leaving SA and Qld to fight it out after
percentage calculations left ACT/Wagga
in third place.
The Queenslanders came out strong
and had the game under control until
SA recovered from a 16-point deficit
to draw level at 29-apiece at the end of
third quarter, nosing ahead in the final
minutes of the fourth.
Led by point guard LT Erin
Mrnjavac (women's rookie of the year),
Qld regrouped and got home with a
thrilling four-point win.
It was the first women's title for Qld
Close calls as Qld
dominates the boards
since 1998 and their ninth women's
The SA women's team made their
first finals appearance since the incep-
tion of Australian Defence Basketball
Association in 1983.
The tournament yielded positive
signs for Defence Basketball with some
outstanding young talent on display and
WA fielding a women's team for the
first time in 10 years.
More information and pictures from the
tournament can be found at www.adba.
ON THE BOARDS: LSMT Scott
Bailey takes the ball to the basket
for NSW in the Defence Basketball
Championships at Williamtown.
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