Woman who lost half her body weight boxing takes Golden Gloves silver medal
A Taranaki woman who lost more than half her body weight while boxing was among six people from the same club to receive a medal at the first major amateur competition of the season.
New Plymouth's Terri Wood was only one of two competitors in the Elite Female Novice 57kg division at the Golden Gloves North Island Championship in Taupō at Queen’s Birthday weekend.
And for the second time at the competition she walked away with a silver medal.
“It could have gone better,” she said.
Wood had trained for months for the event, but it came with an unexpected challenge – her opponent was nearly six feet tall, and she is only five foot.
“You have to do quite a lot of work to get close to an opponent who is that tall and I just couldn't do enough to get in close and land a few shots on her.”
Wood dropped from 110 kilograms to 50 after searching for a healthier lifestyle and coming across Box Office Boxing Club three years ago.
Despite missing out on gold, Wood said just being at the tournament was more than she could hope for.
“Just being there felt like an achievement.”
Wood is already back at training and working on techniques she thought she didn’t execute well enough on the day, including preparing for taller opponents.
The next competition she's looking at is the Central North Island Championships on October 5 to 9 in Whanganui.
Coach Jake Rapira was proud of Wood and her performance.
“Her opponent was quite tough, she was really tall,” he said.
The gym also won four titles and another silver medal, with five of the club members qualifying for the New Zealand Golden Gloves on July 3.
“We're really pleased. It's probably one of the best results we've ever had at Golden Gloves,” Rapira said.
Arohaina Dean took out the Junior Female Open 54kg division, Cabe Dean won the Youth Male Open 60kg division, Kalani Marra won the Youth Male Open 69kg division and Ryan Nolan took out Elite Male Open 69kg Group B division.
Huriwaka Dean was awarded silver in the Cadet Male Open 40kg Division, which means he qualifies for the July competition.
“He boxed brilliantly and only just lost,” Rapira said.
Marra was also crowned the Most Scientific Youth Boxer, meaning he was the best boxer in the youth category overall.
“Most of them have been at this for a couple of years now, so they've been working hard for quite a long time.”