Double national success for Downend Boxing club

Published on: 02 May 2013

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Double national success for Downend Boxing club

DOWNEND Boxing Club is celebrating a double success – two of its young members have become national champions.

Nineteen-year-old Ryan Hutchings and Adelaide Baker, aged 15, have both won boxing titles while training at the Pomphrey Hill Pavilion with the club.

Ryan won the British University & College Sport (BUCS) Boxing Championships, while Adelaide was awarded the National Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) Female Championships title in December 2012.

She is due to attend a selection day on May 11, where fighters will be chosen to represent England.

Ryan sealed his title at the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield in February with a majority points decision victory over Portsmouth’s Seesun Gurung.

Mangotsfield School pupil Adelaide Baker beat Coventry’s Lauren Hall in a thrilling final in Cannock, Staffordshire. Her victory was even more satisfying, given that Adelaide had tried and failed to lift the title on two previous occasions.

Craig Turner, coach at Downend Boxing Club, said: “Ryan is a success story on two counts. The fact that Ryan has achieved great academic standards and high standards of athleticism bears testament to the discipline of the sport and how effective sport based teaching is.

“It was a case of third time lucky for Adelaide. She reached the semi-final two years ago, made it to the final but lost last year, and finally got herself over the finish line at the third time of asking. This is the first time I’ve managed to train a national champion after a few near misses, and we are chuffed to bits. Adelaide first joined us at Downend Boxing Club when she was 12 and has shown what can be achieved by sheer hard work.”

Adelaide is studying for her GCSE exams, but plans to join the Amateur Boxing Association excellence scheme at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College later this year.

Pomprhey Hill pavilion, in Mangotsfield, was opened in 2011 with funding from South Gloucestershire Council and the Football Foundation and is home to the Pomphrey Hill Community Sports Association, plus five established local sports clubs who use the facilities for football, cricket and boxing. The pavilion is also regularly used for community activities and by several fitness and dance groups.

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