Tina taking fight to Paris Olympics ‘24

READY for the fight of her life, Bankstown’s Tina Rahimi has become the first female Muslim boxer selected to represent Australia at an Olympics after being named as one of 12 fighters to have qualified for Paris 2024.

She first had to become State then Australian champion and finally win gold at the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands.
“It’s been a tough process but I did it,” she said.
“It’s a fantastic feeling and I love breaking down barriers and demonstrating to the world that anyone is capable of anything.”
Tina was also the first female Australian boxer of her religion to compete at a Commonwealth Games when she won a bronze medal in the featherweight division (57 kilograms) in Birmingham in 2022.
She admits to making a few sacrifices to box while adhering to her faith, saying it’s not easy boxing with your arms and legs covered while wearing a full-length hijab under protective headgear.
“I usually train one to three times a day (six days a week) depending if I’m in camp or preparing for competition,” she said.
“Competing or even training in my hijab is a massive challenge and I struggled a bit in Solomon Islands but it made it easier for me to cut weight as I was sweating so much.”
Tina can see herself standing on the podium in Paris with a gold medal around her neck as she feels she’s a lot stronger than most the girls in her division.
“Australia is also under the best guidance with head coach Santiago Nieva who is making sure we have the correct preparation for the next six months,” she said.
“I want to thank Frida Deguise from LA Donuts and Pete Vines and Hannah Carney from Ray White Commercial Western Sydney for their continuous support; I wouldn’t be able to train full-time if it wasn’t for these incredible sponsors.”