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IT requires a lot of courage for any boxer to step into the ring and face opponents who are ready to put you down.

For Fiji’s top amateur boxer Winston Hill, he is always ready to fly Fiji’s flag in the field of amateur boxing.

He represented Fiji at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil and since then he has not taken a break as he focuses on the 2020 Olympic Games.

“We had weeks of pre-season preparation for the Commonwealth Games and we showed a lot of potential in training in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games,” he said.

“The boxers had also gone through mental preparation and developed a greater mind-set.

“It is something new in our training and it is paying off and showing good results.”

Hill, 24, had always been humble in the sport of boxing.

Undoubtedly, he walked on the path of sacrifice and trained hard to achieve his goal a year later when he was given the wild card entry to compete at the Olympics.

He claimed a silver medal for Fiji in the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

“We have put everything on line and sacrificed a lot.

“Apart from tough competition, some of the challenges we faced were adapting to the Games village. We had to stay focused on the task.”

Hill works as a fitness trainer at the Suva Boxing and Fitness Centre in Toorak. He is a qualified mechanic but destiny had other plans as he joined the boxing and fitness industry.

He had been loyal to his training and avoided distractions from his friends. He said whenever the others went out to socialise or party and clubbing, he spent most of the time in the gym sweating out and working towards his dream.

“It is second to the Olympic Games, but it was a good opportunity to see where we are.

“My family is my biggest motivator and I want to make everyone proud.

“I want to set the ground where the upcoming boxers can look forward to and be inspired to do greater things in life,” he said.

“Apart from academics, there is sports which we develop and that is something I want to do for my country and my family.

“It is my first Commonwealth Games and I had the opportunity to compete in the 2015 Pacific Games, then the Olympics the following year and now it is the Commonwealth Games for me.”

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