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Aussie teen boxer Taylah Robertson wins our first medal even before Games begin

Steele Taylor, April 4, 2018 7:22PM Sunshine Coast Daily

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Taylah Robertson from Caloundra is aiming for a Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing. media_cameraTaylah Robertson from Caloundra is aiming for a Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing.

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Teenage boxer Taylah Robertson has won Australia’s first medal of the Commonwealth Games before competition has even even started, with a bye in her division gifting her bronze.

And it’s hoped she can turn it into gold.

The Cooroy fighter benefited* from a lucky draw on Tuesday night, when the schedule was randomly* created for the women’s 51kg division.

Taylah Robertson has already won a Commonwealth Games medal thanks to a lucky schedule draw. media_cameraTaylah Robertson has already won a Commonwealth Games medal thanks to a lucky schedule draw.

She received a bye in round one of the seven-field competition and was given a direct path into the semi-finals, where both losers will receive bronze medals.

“It’s just the luck of the draw,” her coach Mark Evans said.

“For some reason the numbers in that division were down. When you look at some of the boys’ divisions, some of them have 24 to 26 boxers there.”

And there are high hopes Robertson can go on with the job.

“We’ve got a guaranteed* bronze but I’m tipping that colour might change,” Evans said.

“She’s on fire at the moment. She’s going to be very, very hard to beat.

“She’s probably the fittest I’ve ever seen her. She’s so sharp. I was doing pads with her on Tuesday (and) her hand speed was just amazing so she’s ready to go.”

The gold, silver and bronze 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medals. Taylah Robertson is guaranteed at least one of these. Picture: Jerad Williams media_cameraThe gold, silver and bronze 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medals. Taylah Robertson is guaranteed at least one of these. Picture: Jerad Williams

Robertson lives at Caloundra and is a member of Impact Boxing at Cooroy, under Evans.

But she’s been busy with national coaches since December. She’s had intense training campaigns in the Philippines and at the Australian Institute of Sport, including a multi-national camp, where she impressed against some of the athletes in her division.

At 19, Robertson is the youngest female to represent Australia in boxing at a Commonwealth Games.

Evans said Robertson would have preferred to have had a bout before the semi-finals.

“(But) I reminded her that at the Commonwealth Games selection trials in November last year she fought four times in three days to win through to the final so she’s already done her hard yards,” Evans said.

“She’s proved she should be there, she beat the country’s best 51kg girls and beat them convincingly*.”

Robertson’s semi-final will be on Friday the 13th.

“Who planned the date around that one?” Evans joked.

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GLOSSARY

benefited: received an advantage

randomly: with a planned method

guaranteed: promise with certainty

convincingly: leaves no doubt

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

1. Taylah’s chances

The news article sets high expectations for Taylah’s chances of success at the Commonwealth Games. Read through the article carefully and write a dot point for each of the things mentioned that make you think Taylah is likely to perform well.

Extension: Boxing is an action-packed sport! Make a list of action verbs that are relevant to boxing.

Time: Allow 15 minutes

Curriculum links: English, Health and Physical Education

2. Draw the draw

Use the available information to draw a chart showing what you think the women’s 51kg boxing draw looks like.

From the article we know that:

– there are 7 competitors

– one of the competitors (Taylah) has a bye (does not fight) in the first round

Some extra information to help you:

– there will be three rounds – quarter finals, semi-finals and the final

– there will be 6 boxing matches in total

– once a competitor loses a match they are out of the competition

Extension: Can you design a different way that the draw could work that would help determine the best boxer in the division? Your new draw may have as few or as many boxing matches as you want.

Time: Allow 20 minutes

Curriculum links: English, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics

VCOP ACTIVITY

With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.

Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

IN ONE SENTENCE, TELL US WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS STORY

Please do not use one-word answers. Explain what you enjoyed or found interesting about the article. Use lots of adjectives.

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