Young boxer goes for gold

PROUD AS PUNCH: Bombala’s Yvonne Ingram will be cheering on her nephew, boxer Mark Lucas, who will head to Glasgow to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in July.  
- Photo courtesy of Illawarra Mercury

PROUD AS PUNCH: Bombala’s Yvonne Ingram will be cheering on her nephew, boxer Mark Lucas, who will head to Glasgow to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in July. - Photo courtesy of Illawarra Mercury

Bombala’s Yvonne Ingram will be glued to the television when the Commonwealth Games start in July as she cheers on her nephew, South Coast boxer Mark Lucas. 

Mrs Ingram is justifiably proud of the 24-year-old middle weight boxer who was selected to travel to Glasgow for the games. 

She describes her nephew as a quiet achiever and can’t wait to see him go for gold at the games. 

“He is my brother’s boy and he has been boxing for around seven years,” Mrs Ingram said. 

“He’s very humble and quiet about his achievements and I haven’t seen him box before, I actually don’t think my brother has either.

“He’s had a few fights in Canberra and I’ve said to him that we would love to come up but he’s a little shy like that.” 

The Commonwealth Games start on July 23 and Lucas is expected to be a strong contender for gold. 

He has been busy in preparation doing up to 15 sessions a week and training with visiting teams from Japan and Scotland.  

Mrs Ingram is overjoyed with her nephew’s sporting achievements and is hoping he returns home with a gold medal. 

“We are just thrilled that he is going to the games and it’s wonderful that he has made it this far in his sport,” she said. 

“After years of dedication and commitment he said he never thinks about losing, he’s just 100 per cent driven.

“I hope he wins.

“It would be so nice, he is due to get married in November so it would be lovely.”

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