Hervey Bay’s Commonwealth Games boxing champion Jarrod Fletcher with the gold medal he won in Melbourne in 2006.
Hervey Bay’s Commonwealth Games boxing champion Jarrod Fletcher with the gold medal he won in Melbourne in 2006.

Go for Delhi gold

JARROD Fletcher wouldn't hesitate.

The 26-year-old boxer from Hervey Bay would be on the plane to Delhi to represent Australia in the Commonwealth Games if he was in the team.

Plenty of athletes, including Aussies, cyclist Travis Meyer, tennis player Stephanie Sang and discus world champion Dani Samuels, have already pulled out of the event citing security and health concerns.

Those concerns wouldn't bother Fletcher, someone who has represented his country twice in the Commonwealth Games during his glittering amateur career.

“Mate, if you have busted a gut and done all the hard work to get this chance (to go to the Games), you wouldn't want to throw it away,” Fletcher, who won gold in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, said.

“It may be the only opportunity you get in your career to experience it – besides, it's not worth worrying about what might happen over there.

“You could get knocked over in the street at home.

“I'd go for sure if it was me.”

Fletcher, who beat Canadian Adonis Stevenson 34-18 on points to win his gold medal in 2006, said he had spoken to many of the boxers heading to India.

“They are not worried about it – they are focused on bringing a medal back home,” Fletcher, who now fights as a professional, said.

“If they are to do that (win a medal) they cannot afford to be thinking about anything else.”

As for his own Commonwealth Games experiences, Fletcher said he would never forget them.

“Being part of a Commonwealth Games team is unique opportunity and one you should grab with both hands in my view,” he said.

“It's not about representing one sport, you are representing Australia and you bond with all the other athletes to form one team.

“I loved it and I am sure those who travel to India this time will have the time of their lives – I know I did.”



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