Paige punches her way to the top

Paige Robinson with her coach Mark Evans.

By Ron Lane

Despite being only 14 years of age Paige Robinson, in her chosen sport of amateur boxing, is already starting to turn heads.

Standing 160cm and weighing in at 50kg, the teen has a record of 20 fights for 16 wins, three of which have been on the international stage at tournaments in New Zealand.

When asked why she chose boxing her reply was simple.

“My young brother Cohen was a member of the Impact Boxing Academy in Cooroy and one evening I just went to watch him train,” Paige said.

“I saw what he was doing, just loved it and straight away decided to join. At that time I was playing touch football but decided to give it away and just do boxing. I am so glad I did because I think it is a great sport; keeps me fit and I make a lot of new friends.’’

Training under the watchful eye of coach Mark Evans, Paige’s success at international and local level has been outstanding.

Paige, who boxes in the orthodox style, has two state and a national golden gloves title to her credit.

“When you watch her, her style and movements are well beyond the level of other fighters of her age,” Evans said.

After four years of training, two of which has seen her in competition, Paige’s progress has been such that she has now been invited to join the Queensland Future Boxing Program Team.

This is a program formulated to provide top coaching and social training for outstanding purples that will see them progress to elite level; with the ultimate goal being National and Olympic team selection.

Away from boxing Paige studies at Noosa District State High School. She’s in Year 9 and admits to a love for the music of AC/DC.

“It was because of (coach) Mark that I started to listen; whenever I was training it was in the background and I couldn’t help but listen. After a while (she added with a laugh and a quick look to see if her coach was listening) I started to like his music.”

For Paige, boxing is a family affair.  Her young brother Cohen is boxing, her father Danny is working as assistant club coach, and on the home front mum Meghan gives total support.

Her success is due to a “self-imposed” heavy training routine of two sessions a day; 5.30am then school and back to the gym at 6pm.

“Women’s sport is changing,” said her proud dad. “It’s really taken off; they train just as hard as the men. Under the supervision of Mark, the wife and I, we are very careful, but encourage her to follow her dreams.”