LAURIETON’S first Olympian, boxer Shelley Watts, is brimming with confidence, training hard and soaking up the atmosphere in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games which begin on Friday (6am Saturday our time).
“I don’t know if it’s actually going to dawn on me that this is the Olympic Games,” Shelley said.
“I’m just feeling so good in my training at the moment and I’m mentally feeling strong. My coaches are relaying back to me how strong I look and how positive my vibe is and how much faith they have in me.
“The situation is so crazy but it feels so natural for me to be here so I don’t think I’m going to get over-awed by it being such a big occasion. I’m looking forward to being able to get in the ring. Everything is firing the way it should, I’m feeling great and it’s time.”
Friday August 12 from 5.45pm (6.45am August 13 Australian Eastern Time): Women’s Lightweight (57-60kg) preliminaries. Shelley will compete against Italy’s young gun Irma Testa. Click here to find out what we know about the opponent.
Monday August 15 11am and 11.15am (midnight and 12.15am Tuesday August 16 Australian Eastern Time): Women’s Lightweight quarter final 1 and 2.
Monday August 15 5pm and 5.15pm (6am and 6.15am Tuesday August 16 Australian Eastern Time): Women’s Lightweight quarter finals 3 and 4.
Wednesday August 17 2pm and 2.15pm (3am and 3.15am Thursday August 18 Australian Eastern Time): Women’s Lightweight semi finals 1 and 2.
Friday August 19 4pm (5am Saturday August 20 Australian Eastern Time): Women’s lightweight final.
Coverage of the games will be on the 7 network and live stream via their 7, 7TWO and 7mate apps on your mobile device. The Camden Haven Courier will also have links on this website and Facebook page for you to interact with us while Shelley is in the ring. More of this interview will be published shortly.