Natsha Jonas says she can still make the 2016 Olympics - and win a medal!
Natasha Jonas has plenty of medals to win next year but has not ruled out Olympic glory in 2016!
Last Updated: 31/12/13 12:03pm
The female boxer from Liverpool is already looking forward to the World and European Amateur Championships, as well of course the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jonas, who boxes out of Rutando ABC and was recently out in Canada to see stablemate Tony Bellew fall short against Adonis Stevenson, will be 32 come Rio de Janeiro but still believes she could make it.
She did of course make history last summer when she became the first British female boxer to compete in the Olympics - and won - but lost to eventual gold medallists Katie Taylor.
Jonas says she can hold her head up because she gave it her all in a memorable quarter-final clash, which made her one of the faces of British boxing. However she still wants to succeed in the Olympics.
"I can't put it into words, but it is a lifelong dream," she told Sky Sports.
"When I was younger watching the 1988 Seoul Olympics, I said to my mum that I wanted to be there and she said, 'yeah, OK love'!
"So to actually get there in 2012 all those years later was a massive thing for me. My mum and I were in floods of tears because she could remember me saying it all those years ago!
"I think I've done pretty well. But the Olympic dream is still there."
First up of course, are the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and while her Olympic defeat to Taylor at the Copper Box recorded a record level of decibels, Jonas admits that it might not have quite the same magnitude at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, however that is not going to dampen her enthusiasm.
"It's not going to be as big a scale as the Olympics but it'll be another stepping stone," she said.
"We've got a busy year with worlds and the Europeans as well as the Commonwealth, so it's nice to keep the momentum going - and win some more good medals."