British Army & Commonwealth Games boxer Alanna Nihell

Army Boxer Selected For 2018 Commonwealth Games

Corporal Alanna Nihell won a bronze medal in the 2014 competition...

British Army & Commonwealth Games boxer Alanna Nihell

British Army boxer Corporal Alanna Nihell has been selected for Northern Ireland in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cpl Nihell won a bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with this year's tournament taking place on Australia's Gold Coast.

Speaking last month, she told Forces Network she is ready for the challenges of 2018:

"I made the semi-finals last time. I lost to the winner [Shelley Watts], who was Australian.

"To go to Australia and box her in her own country [would be amazing]."

"I have all the ability to go out there and make the final, so I don't know why I can't go out there and win it."

"I believe in myself... and I'm sure if I get selected, Northern Ireland will believe in me too."

The selection comes despite the soldier, who serves with 27 Regiment, the Royal Logistics Corps, suffering a setback in November when she returned to Northern Ireland for the Ulster Championships - but was denied the chance to show the team management what she could do after being given a walkover.

Gold Coast 2018 will be the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games.

They'll get underway with an opening ceremony on April 4 before wrapping up on April 15. It's the fifth time Australia has hosted the Games.

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