FOUR Commonwealth Games medallists are amongst seven boxers named by GB Boxing to compete at the forthcoming AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships in New Delhi (15 – 24 November 2018).
The Commonwealth Games medallists are from England and Wales and include:
· Welsh middleweight, Lauren Price, who won gold at this April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia and followed it up with a bronze medal at the European Championships in June 2018
· England’s Sandy Ryan, who won Commonwealth gold at welterweight in this year’s event on the Gold Coast
· Wales’ Rosie Eccles who won silver at the same event, narrowly losing out to Ryan in all British final
· Paige Murney from England who won lightweight silver at the Gold Coast in her first senior international tournament
They will be joined in GB Boxing’s travelling party by:
· 2016 European Champion, Natasha Gale, who will box for England at middleweight
· Flyweight, Ebonie Jones, who will box at flyweight after winning the European U22 Championships at bantamweight earlier this year
· Featherweight, Ellie Scotney, who will be competing in her first major international tournament
The seven boxers will compete across the five weight categories which will be used at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo: flyweight (51kg), featherweight (57kg), lightweight (60kg), welterweight (69kg) and middleweight (75kg).
Price, Ryan, Jones and Gale are part of GB Boxing’s Podium Squad which trains at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield every week from Monday to Thursday. Scotney, Eccles and Murney are part of the Podium Potential group which train full-time in Sheffield from Tuesday to Friday and Wednesday to Saturday on alternate weeks.
Sandy Ryan and Lauren Price are the only boxers with previous experience of competing at the World Championships.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, explained: “This is a relatively inexperienced group, as we have had a number of senior female boxers leave the squad this cycle, so it is an opportunity for some of the newer boxers to show that they have what it takes to compete at the highest level.
“The World Championships is always a very tough test and will provide us with a good indication of how we are progressing with the women’s programme as we look to build a new team for Tokyo 2020.”
Welsh middleweight, Lauren Price is hoping to cap a triumphant year which has seen her win gold at the Commonwealth Games in April and bronze at the European Championships in Bulgaria.
Price said: “This has definitely been the best year of my boxing career so far and it would be lovely to end it on a high by winning a medal at the Worlds. I have been on the world class programme now for over a year and I am really feeling the benefit of being a full-time athlete and training three times a day. My preparation has been great and I am definitely feeling confident going into the event.”
Fellow Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sandy Ryan, will be competing at her third World Championship and hoping to go one better than the silver medal she secured at the 2014 event in South Korea.
Ryan said: “At my last tournament in Spain I won the gold medal and beat the current European Champion, so I am going to the World Championships in great form. I know it is going to be a very tough event, but I am feeling in great shape at the moment and confident that if I box my best then I can go a long way in this tournament.”
All seven of the boxers are part of the GB Boxing squad and will compete in their home nation vests at the World Championships. The full selection is:
|Ebonie Jones||20||England||51 Kg||Army (Portsmouth)|
|Ellie Scotney||20||England||57 Kg||Registered to box but not currently attached to a club (Catford, London)|
|Paige Murney||23||England||60 Kg||Leicester Unity, Leicester|
|Rosie Eccles||22||Wales||69 Kg||Pontypool ABC, Pontypool|
|Sandy Ryan||25||England||69 Kg||One Nation Pegasus ABC, Derby|
|Natasha Gale||30||England||75 Kg||Jubilee ABC, Sheffield|
|Lauren Price||24||Wales||75 Kg||Pontypool ABC, Pontypool|
Individual profiles of the boxers from the GB Boxing Podium squad are available at http://www.gbboxing.org.uk/gb-boxing-squad/podium-squad/.
In addition to the seven boxers that have been selected by GB Boxing, three women from Scotland will compete at the World Championships. The women are not part of the GB Boxing squad. They have been selected by Boxing Scotland, the national governing body for boxing in Scotland, and will travel as a separate party.
The three Scottish boxers are: Stephanie Kernachan (flyweight), Vicky Glover (featherweight) and Megan Gordon (light-welterweight).
Results and updates on the progress of all the boxers from England, Scotland and Wales will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on the GB Boxing twitter feed @gbboxing once the tournament begins.