Despite taking home silver at the Australian Championships on the weekend, boxer Reggie Palm Island still has a shot at making the team for the Rio Olympics.
By
NITV News, Jodan Perry

23 Nov 2015 - 3:57 PM  UPDATED 24 Nov 2015 - 3:13 PM

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Natalie Ahmat: Palm Island lost a close decision to Nyoongar man Alex Winwood in the final of the men's 52 kilogram division on Sunday, with the pair set for a rematch in Melbourne in two weeks' time.

Queensland Correspondent Jodan Perry recently caught up with Reggie on the Gold Coast.

Jodan Perry: Away from the ring Reggie Palm Island is as humble as they come, but it's a completely different story once the 22 year old pulls on the gloves.

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Yesterday, Palm Island just missed out on the gold at the Australian Olympic trials on the Gold Coast, after the judges went in favour of Nyoongar man Alex Winwood in what was a tight contest.

It was a huge effort considering he had only recently returned to the sport after a four-year lay off due to family commitments, and it was family who initially guided him towards the path of pugilism as a 15 year old.

Reggie Palm Island, boxer: Yeah my cousin asked me if I wanted to box, and I said, "yeah alright". And then we went to PCYC. And I think, I told him, "nah I'll come back the next day", then we ended up coming back the next day after school.

Then went in there and talked to Ray and asked if I wanted to box, then I ended up training with Ray for a while and we went places and stuff and got off the island.

Jodan Perry: Palm Island is the first fighter out of an Aboriginal community to represent Australia in 50 years, and he has goals of both making the Olympic team and eventually turning professional.

Dedication is key to achieving in one of the world's toughest sports, and while Reg can sometimes take a bit to get going, he has strong motivation to succeed.

Reggie: Yeah ya gotta pull me out the bed in the morning, I'll sleep in sometimes. Sometimes they come in knock down the door.

Yeah I think about my kids, I got two kids, girl and boy. You know I want them to be proud of me and stuff. Make me work harder. Yeah every time I think of them I keep going, push through it, and I do it for the community, for Palm Island.

Jodan Perry: Reggie will now turn his attention to a rematch with Winwood in Melbourne in two weeks time, and if all goes to plan he will likely kick back with one of his favorite feeds.

Reggie: Yeah, Big Mac...yeah you wont get that on Palm.