Nesthy finished as champion in the Aiba Women’s World Boxing Championships 2019 held in Ulan-Ude, Russia.
“My father used to box, and it was his dream to be in the Olympics. I want to be able to play in the Olympics for him. He said whatever achievements we have as his children are his achievements too.”
“I’ve had a lot of crushing defeats as an athlete, but you can’t really become better without going through defeat.”
“Boxing teaches you hard work, determination, patience, humility, and self-belief. Winning the first game doesn’t guarantee you victory in the next. The thing is, you have to keep pushing yourself to do better each time. Learning doesn't stop with winning.”
Tell us about the competition in Russia.
“It was a two-week tournament. The pressure was high. I headed there with the faith that somehow there’s a chance I could make it.”
In moments of defeat, how do you choose to see hope?
“I pray, and I think of my family. They're the reason I persevere.”
Nesthy is set to compete in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. She is also scheduled to participate in the Pre-Olympics Qualifying Tournaments for Asia-Oceania for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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