Army Boxer's Pride At Being Named Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Captain

British Army boxer Corporal Alanna Nihell has talked of her pride after being named captain of Northern Ireland's ladies' boxing team for the Commonwealth Games.

The fighter will compete at her second Games, after claiming a bronze in Glasgow four years ago.

This year's competition will come with added responsibility, however, after the soldier was given her new role of responsibility within the team. She said:

"Being in the Army and being a soldier I have... discipline, respect, loyalty."

"It's a big honour and I want to do them [the selectors] proud - and I'm going to do them proud."

Forces Radio BFBS presenter Richard Wyeth chatted to Cpl Nihell about the honour and how the first three months of the season has gone for her and the Army boxing team...

The 27 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC‏) star will now head to Northern Ireland to join the team for a two-month pre-Games training camp

Although confident she would be picked for her country, she admits her emotions were running high when her place on the team was confirmed.

Speaking to Forces Network from Aldershot, however, she said this time she's going for gold.

"It's a big opportunity, a big platform, [a big] stage to go [on] and perform for my country and I believe I can go and do it [achieve success], so I'm really excited about it."

"[Winning gold] would be the pinnacle of my career so far.

"If I don't get a gold medal I'm going to be disappointed because I believe I can go over there and I can achieve it."

"The aim for me is to go there, make that final and most importantly, bring that gold medal back for Northern Ireland.

This year's Commonwealth Games are taking place on Australia's Gold Coast, with Alanna and her team-mates jetting off next month.

The boxing will get underway on April 5.

With thanks to Kgbo for cover image.

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