In 2019, Port Lincoln young gun boxer Thomas Westcott was named 2019 South Australian state champion for his division.
At 13-years-of-age, Thomas also received the boxer of the night award at the state titles event in September 2019.
On that weekend, September 21 and 22, Thomas became the 14 and under state champion in the 54 kilogram 'schoolboy' division.
In October 2019, Thomas then took on the best at the Australian Championships. He boxed against more seasoned fighters and was better for the experience.
Now the talented 14-year-old is stepping up his undoubted talent.
Boxing Australia - South Australian Regional Futures Program has recognised the exciting talent and boxing skill of Thomas.
Thomas has been selected in the Boxing Australia National Futures Program, which is designed to identify, select and nurture young talented boxers and train them for a tilt at the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and beyond.
It is a huge honour for the 14-year-old and well deserved, as boxing is a tough sport.
Thomas is determined to achieve in the sport he loves.
Because of his performances over the past 12 months, in particular at the state and national championships, Thomas has a permanent spot in the program.
"It is exciting and I am focussed to keep working hard on my boxing," Thomas said.
"My goal is to box to the top of Australian boxing."
In 2020, the family moved from Port Lincoln to Adelaide to keep pace with Thomas' training program at Saberden Boxing Club under coach Sammy Lakin.
The Saberden Boxing Club is a sister club to the Williams Boxing Club, where Thomas learnt his craft under coach Peter Williams.
"Training is five days a week and it is something I enjoy and driven to do," Thomas said.
Being part of the Boxing Australia National Futures Program has Thomas training with the best youngsters in the country and also boxing well above his weight, being part of the under 19 training squad.
It is a challenge Thomas Westcott is up for and his rise will be watched with pride by the Port Lincoln community.