Alexa joins women's team heading to Europe
Young boxer Alexa Smith (centre, with coach Craig Turner and assistant coach Tracey Hayne) is heading to the Golden Girl Championship tournament in Sweden
A TEAM of five female fighters from Downend Boxing Club is heading to Sweden to test themselves against leading European opposition.
The annual Golden Girl Championship tournament is due to take place in Boras, near Gothenburg, from January 31 to February 2.
The tournament is the largest female-only event in Europe and Downend head coach Craig Turner says the competition the boxers will face "promises to be top-level".
Among the strong team from the Hillfields-based club is 14-year-old newcomer Alexa Smith, British Champion Eloise Edwards, 15, Development National Champion Morgan Baber, 16, multi-national title holder and previous gold medal winner Ellouise Challenger, 17, and 23-year-old England Boxing woman’s box cup champion Jodie Horton.
Ellouise and Morgan both picked up silver medals at the event last year and will be looking to go one better this time around.
Craig said: "I am delighted that we are able to send a strong team to the event.
"Downend have been very successful in female boxing, from our first National champion Adelaide Baker back in 2012.
"I’m sure the girls will perform and do us proud."
Downend Boxing Club will set a new benchmark in June, when the annual Bristol Box Cup it organises will be staged for the first time at Ashton Gate stadium.
The event, for male and female competitors aged 11 to 13, is now in its seventh year and has gained pace over that time.
Previously staged at City Academy in Redfield, this year promises to big the biggest yet, with teams coming from all over England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and, for the first time, Poland.
Tournament co-ordinator Joanne Turner said: "It’s just amazing to see what commenced as a small event for school kids, has developed into an international tournament.
"Hosting the tournament at Ashton Gate, will showcase our city and our young people's talent."
The club is looking for sponsors to help ensure its success. Anyone interested should contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07723 341013.