Keeping the dream alive

It was the gold medal Newcastle middleweight boxer Jamie Pittman needed to get him closer to his dream.

A chance to make the Australian Olympic boxing team for the Athen's Olympics.

Ready to box for Australia: Jamie Pittman is expected to be chosen to represent Australia at the Athen's Olympics.

Tuesday, 11 May 2004
It was the gold medal Newcastle middleweight boxer Jamie Pittman needed to get him closer to his dream.

A chance to make the Australian Olympic boxing team for the Athen's Olympics.

Pittman, 22, won gold in the Oceania 75-kilogram championship beating Queensland's Richard Rowles in the final 18-8 recently giving him his fifth Oceania title.

He stopped a Tongan in round two in the quarter-finals and beat a Samoan boxer 25-3 in the semis.

He said while it was hard fighting another Australian for the gold, Pittman said he thought, "it is either him or me".

In 2000 Pittman made it to the qualifying rounds for the Sydney Olympics, but the match was called off due to a controversial decision.
Pittman said he got a cut under his eye and the doctor called the fight off. The cut was counted as a punch, however Pittman believes it was a head clash.

Having trained eight years for the Sydney Olympics and missing out, Pittman is keen to make his mark on the boxing world at this year's Olympic Games.
While he is hesitant to say he made the Australian boxing team, it is expected he will be chosen when it is announced this week.
"It has been my dream since I was 10 years old," Pittman said.

Pittman is now off to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and if named in the team will be part of a world tour taking on some of the best in the business in Cuba and Russia.

He said it would give him some great experience.
On his path to the Olympic boxing team Pittman made the State team and the Australian team and took gold in the Commonwealth Challenge at Kuala Lumpa last year.


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