12 boxers from GB Boxing squad selected for Team England at 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

By 6th February 2018News

Galal Yafai and Pat McCormack remain from Rio as Team England head to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Eight men and four women from the GB Boxing squad have been selected to represent Team England at the forthcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Australia 4-15 April 2018.

The team includes two-time European silver medallist, Pat McCormack (welterweight) who competed for England at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and for Team GB at Rio 2016.

He is one of three boxers from Birtley ABC, along with twin brother, Luke McCormack (light welterweight), and lightweight, Calum French.

They will be joined by Rio Olympian, Galal Yafai (light-flyweight), European Champion, Peter McGrail (bantamweight), European silver medallists, Cheavon Clarke (heavyweight) and Frazer Clarke (super-heavyweight) and middleweight, Ben Whittaker.

The women’s selection includes European Champion, Natasha Gale (middleweight), 2014 world championships silver medallists, Lisa Whitesdie (flyweight) and Sandy Ryan (welterweight) and newcomer, Paige Murney (lightweight).

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, teams are allowed to select a maximum of 12 boxers from across the ten men’s and five women’s weight classes, which means England was not able to name a boxer in all 15 categories.

Pat McCormack said: “It’s great to be selected for the Commonwealth Games. I competed at the one in Glasgow but I was young and inexperienced then and did not win a medal. Since then I have been to the world championships twice, won two silver medals the Europeans and been to an Olympic Games so I will have a lot more confidence and experience going into the competition this time.

“I have always wanted to go travelling to Australia, so to be able to go there through boxing is even better. I know it will be a tough tournament but I have trained hard and I am going there to win gold.

“Competing alongside my twin brother (Luke McCormack, who has been selected at light-welterweight) will make the tournament event more exciting, and if we both come home with gold, it will definitely put us out there. We just need to make sure that we perform on the day.”

For 2014 World Championship silver medallist and 2016 European bronze medallist, Lisa Whiteside, this will be a first appearance at a a multi-sport event.

She said: ““It is absolutely fantastic to be selected for the Commonwealth Games, it will be my first multisport event and to represent England on the Gold Coast feels unreal.

“Boxing’s major tournaments don’t always get covered on TV, so to be competing and knowing that my friends and family back home will be able to watch is going to be out of this world.

“I am feeling confident, my ultimate goal is to go out there and win that gold medal. I have a few tournaments coming up in preparation, and I will make sure that when I arrive on the Gold Coast that I’m the fittest and strongest that I’ve ever been.”

The 8 men and 4 women from the GB Boxing squad will represent Team England at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The full line-up is:

Boxer Weight Class Country Club
Galal Yafai 49kg England Birmingham City
Peter McGrail 56kg England Everton Red Triangle
Calum French 60kg England Birtley ABC
Luke McCormack 64kg England Birtley ABC
Pat McCormack 69kg England Birtley ABC
Benjamin Whittaker 75kg England Firewalker ABC
Cheavon Clarke 91kg England Gravesham ABC
Frazer Clarke 91kg+ England Burton ABC
Lisa Whiteside 51kg England JR Gym
Paige Murney 60kg England Leicester Unity
Sandy Ryan 69kg England One Nation Boxing Club
Natasha Gale 75kg England Jubilee

The team will participate in a 10-day preparation camp ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Individual profiles of the boxers from the GB Boxing squad are available at http://www.gbboxing.org.uk/gb-boxing-squad/podium-squad/.

Results and updates on the progress of the team at the Commonwealth Games will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on the GB Boxing twitter feed @gbboxing once the tournament begins.

The semi-finals and finals of the tournament will be shown live on the BBC’s red button service on Friday 13th April and Saturday 14th April 2018.