Australian boxer, Harry Garside, has broken gender stereotypes with his love of ballet dancing and painted nails.
The twenty-four-year-old was declared the winner of his quarter-final lightweight boxing match against Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin on August 3.
And just moments after judges announced his win, Garside pulled off his boxing gloves to show off his painted nails, decorated with rainbows.
Garside explained in his post-match interview, that his nails were a way of “breaking stereotypes” for those who think people should look or act a certain way based on their gender.
“I just want to break stereotypes, to be honest,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people out there who feel like they have to be something because they’re a male or a female. I’m all about just being different.”
Garside even admitted that he considered wearing a dress to the Olympic Games opening ceremony. “But I didn’t want to offend anyone,” he added.
“I feel like some people might take it the wrong way, so this is my way of showcasing something.”
After his win, Garside could be seen flashing his nails once again to share on social media.
“Forgot to get these out on TV, fresh nails,” he captioned the photo. “Thank you, everyone, for the love, doing this for Australia.”
Garside secured Australia’s first bronze medal in boxing for thirty-three years today, Friday 6, after being beaten by Cuba’s Andy Cruz.
Garside began adding ballet into his training regimen a few years ago to help with his footwork while boxing.
“I’m not going to lie, I’d always wanted to try ballet. I say I do it for boxing, but really, I have always wanted to dance,” Garside said.
“Ballet’s very tough, the power through the legs that they generate, the coordination, everything is just so extreme.”
He was also inspired to take up ballet by Ukrainian fighter Vasiliy Lomachenko, who is his “favorite fighter.”
“He’s my favorite fighter and he actually did a lot of traditional dancing, and a few other athletes do it (ballet) too,” Garside said.
“So I tried it out and fell in love with it almost instantly. It’s really hard, it’s really, really difficult.
“It’s definitely helped me throughout my boxing with my footwork and technique. Coordination is obviously a big thing. I’m very stiff in the ring and I feel like it’s loosened me up a little bit.
“I’ll continue doing it even after boxing.”
According to the Daily Mail, Garside told Channel Seven back in 2019: “It (ballet) is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.
“Very tough, the power through the legs they generate, the coordination, the technique, everything is so extreme. They make it look effortless.
“It’s my little advantage so I’ll take anything I can get.”