Australian boxer Harry Garside has qualified for next year’s Paris Olympics, moving one step closer of realising his dream of winning Olympic gold.
Garside was one of 12 Australians to book their ticket to Paris this week at the Pacific Games at the Solomon Islands.
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The 26-year-old wasn’t required to contest the final after his opponent pulled out, meaning he qualified for next year’s games and will become a two-time Olympian.
“I have reached base camp,” Garside wrote on Instagram.
“Now the most important part the journey to the peak. ️
“Going to do everything in my power to change that colour from bronze to gold and become the first ever Australian Olympic gold medallist for boxing. See you all in Paris next July.”
The other Australian boxers who qualified for the Paris Olympics are Tiana Echegaray, Tyla McDonald, Marissa Williamson Pohlman, Caitlin Parker, Charlie Senior, Callum Peters, Monique Suraci, Tina Rahimi, Yusuf Chothia, Shannan Davey and Teremoana Jr Teremoana.
Garside first came to prominence when he won gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, going on to claim a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the lightweight event.
He turned professional afterwards, winning his first three fights before splitting with legendary coach Johnny Lewis and deciding to return to the amateurs with an eye to competing in Paris.
Garside appeared on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! earlier this year, finishing second behind netball legend Liz Ellis.
Police dropped domestic violence charges against Garside in June after he was accused of assaulting his former partner Ashley Ruscoe between in March in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
He was arrested by NSW Police at Sydney Airport in early May as he flew home from South Africa where he had been filming the reality TV show.
After just four weeks, the charges were withdrawn by police in Sydney Downing Centre Local Court.
More than 10,000 text messages between Garside and his ex-girlfriend will be aired in court as she fights domestic violence-related charges against the boxing star.
Ruscoe was arrested at her Bellevue Hill home in Sydney in July and charged with assaulting and intimidating her former partner.
A month later, the 35-year-old boxing coach and wellness guru was charged with two fresh offences of intentionally distributing intimate images of Mr Garside without his consent.
The boxer gave permission to be identified as the alleged victim through his legal team.
Ms Ruscoe has entered not guilty pleas to the two charges of distributing an intimate image without consent, common assault and stalking or intimidating Mr Garside.
— With NCA Newswire