Shelley Watts made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games, after finishing 2nd at the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers earlier in the same year. Watts was Australia’s only female boxer at the Rio Games.
Competing in the women’s lightweight (60kg) division, Watts faced a tough Italian opponent in the opening round, being narrowly defeated in a 2-1 decision.
From the small town of Laurieton in NSW, the 27-year-old was drawn to the sport after a serious ACL injury forced her off the football pitch. After believing her sporting career was over, a determined Watts starting boxing to regain fitness. Fast forward six years from her first official fight in 2010, Watts has represented Australia in countless international tournaments and two AIBA women’s World Championships.