Whether she’s trying to change the way people look or the way people see her, Tina Rahimi can’t stop getting into people’s faces.
It all started when Rahimi earned a living in her previous job as a make-up artist by improving women’s facial features.
“I like to make people look beautiful,” she said.
“I always look at someone and think I can enhance their traits in a certain way. I also liked to make things better.
But now A boxer aiming for gold at the Commonwealth Games in BirminghamRahimi set about rearranging people’s faces – in a much more subtle way.
She’s got a knack for it too, and will reach the women’s featherweight semifinals in Birmingham, where she will face Nigeria’s Elizabeth Oshoba on Sunday morning.
“I came here for the gold medal and I will do everything in my power to make sure I win it,” said Rahimi.
“I know all the athletes in my division are great, but I will try my best.”
Rahimi isn’t fighting just for herself, there’s a bigger reason. As Australia’s first Muslim female boxer, she wears the hijab in all her fights, showing other young Muslim girls that they can play the sport and respect her faith. I would like to.
“Especially for Muslim women, I know that I am a role model and an inspiration,” she said. It is important to go out and show that you are active.
“Many people feel insecure about going out wearing a hijab. is.
“Now they see me doing what I love in public, playing sports, showing them that anything is possible and that I really care about what people think of you. I’m watching it.”
Rahimi is one of five Australian boxers already guaranteed a medal at Birmingham after reaching the semi-finals.
Retained dancer Kay Scott, who won bronze in welterweight at the final Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, is in the light middleweight semifinals against Alcinda Panguana of Mozambique.
The 38-year-old has hinted that this will be her last Commonwealth Games, so she wants to be the winner.
“I’m old, but I’m still beating the younger guys for the top spot, so that’s another kind of stereotype that I’m trying to break,” she said.
Gold Coast middleweight and silver medalist Caitlin Parker also advanced to the top four in her division, where she will face Canada’s Tamara Thibault.
Australia has two men ahead of the medal round.
Teenage middleweight Callum Peters has been very impressive so far and will take on South African Simnikwe Bongco.
“Young and handsome!” he told reporters. “This is a great opportunity and we want it to be meaningful. We are looking for gold.”
Australian heavyweight Edgardo Koomi tackles England’s Lewis Hamilton.
Australian boxer advances to Commonwealth Games semi-finals
Commonwealth Games 2022: Tina Rahimi, one of five Australian boxers guaranteed to win a medal
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