Teenager prepares in earnest for Games bouts
BOXING: Cooroy fighter Taylah Robertson will march into her first Commonwealth Games campaign steeled by some intense blocks of training, including a stint overseas.
At 19, the youngest member of the Australian boxing team has not shied away from some hard work in the lead-up to Gold Coast 2018.
Robertson, who will compete in the 51kg division, said the preparation had been thorough.
"We did a 10-week training block before the Christmas break and then we had five days at home over Christmas and then we did another 10-week block so all together it's been about 20 weeks," she said.
That includes many sessions at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and a six-week campaign in the Philippines.
"There's a lot of lighter girls (there) that are quality opponents for us to be working with," she said.
Robertson is a Bribie Island product who lives at Caloundra and is a regular at Impact Boxing at Cooroy, with coach Mark Evans. But she's been so busy training with the national coaches she hasn't been home since December.
She has also been involved in a multi-national camp, with athletes from India and Ireland, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
"I've been doing a little bit of work with them and I feel really confident going into the games after that," she said.
"We get a bit of an insight and get to feel out our opponents and even get a little bit of a mental game over our opponents I believe."
But some of her most dangerous opponents weren't at the camp so she remains wary.
"England will be quite difficult and they're not actually here at this camp but we'll be seeing them at the Games and the girl in my division from England (Lisa Whiteside) is quite handy and she's been around for a long time."
Robertson earned her place in the team by winning three fights in as many days at the national trials.
She's due to get her campaign under way next week but is on the Gold Coast for training and getting accustomed to her surroundings, including the athletes' village.
"I look forward to the opening ceremony and being around a whole heap of other athletes with the same drive as me," she said.