Boxer Alexis Pritchard. Credit: Photosport.

Pritchard was born in South Africa and started boxing at the age of 19.

She became the first Kiwi woman to win an Olympic bout at the London 2012 Games, where she beat Tunisian boxer Rim Jouini and placed fifth in the woman’s 60kg category. 

This was also the first Olympic boxing win for New Zealand in 16 years.

Pritchard next represented New Zealand at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the first time the Games included female boxers, and progressed to the quarter finals.

In 2016, she won the Trans-Tasman Championship and her 11th national title before retiring from boxing.

Pritchard announced she was making a comeback in 2017, aiming to compete at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the newly introduced 56kg category.

In the lead up to the Games she has been training with her husband and coach Cameron Todd. 

Pritchard has a degree in Sports Science from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy from AUT. She works as a physiotherapist and personal trainer.

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