by Paxton Roth
BOXING: After just two-and-a-half years in the ring, Ben Hussain will be representing Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games in July.
The 18-year-old will travel to the Bahamas for the games after beating Victorian favourite Charles Joma at the 2017 Australian Boxing Nationals.
Ben, who has 12 weeks to prepare for the competition, said he wanted to put aside his nerves and enjoy the whole experience.
"It was very emotional, I was nervous as,” Ben said.
Three other teenagers from Spiders Boxing Club competed at the nationals and brought home two national titles and a silver medal.
Held in Adelaide from April 3 to 8, the competition saw the best of the best from each state battle it out.
Halen Burnham, 14, and Tianah Potter, 15, were Australian National Champions, and Alex Davies, 14, won the Silver Australian National Medal.
Coach Luke Sheehan said he was very proud of all of their performances.
"It's absolutely awesome - I don't know how to explain it in words, to be honest,” he said.
"For Ben and Alex to get to where they have in such a short time is a huge achievement.”
Although Davies narrowly missed out on the national title, Sheehan said his performance in the ring was fantastic for someone who had only been boxing for a short time.
"He still made it to the finals but he lost in a very close fight - it was 3-2,” Sheehan said.
"For us that's massive, he's one down from being the best in Australia - that's his goal for next year.”