An Olympic Hopeful

Arlene Blencowe

Arlene Blencowe is the 28 year old daughter of Bruce and Rosie Blencowe. Her childhood was spent in country Queensland where she was an outstanding junior athlete, representing her state in athletics. However, since moving to NSW, it is boxing that has captured her imagination.

Women's boxing will be conducted at the Olympics for the first time at London and Arlene understands she has a great chance to become part of history.

2011 was a busy year; fighting at the Arafura Games in Darwin where she won a gold medal against a highly rated Indian opponent in the final. She has toured New Zealand and China with the Australian women's team gaining invaluable experience. Failure at the Australian championships this month would virtually be the end of the dream. However success will mean she will qualify for the world championships. It's from here the Australian squad will be finalised.

Arlene met many members of her family for the first time at the Port Macquarie reunion in 2008.