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School children celebrate Olympic boxing heroes at legacy event
Page last updated at 10:36AM BST, Wednesday, 24 October 2012
GB Boxing’s unprecedented success at the London 2012 Games was celebrated with a legacy event inspiring the next generation of Olympians.
The boxers did brilliantly at London 2012 and their success was a fantastic reward for all of the hard work and dedication they have put in over the last four years.
Members of the squad, including gold medallists Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua, met hundreds of local school children at their home training base – the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.
More than 200 children took part in the boxing session at EIS Sheffield before getting the chance to meet the GB boxers, who hosted a question and answer session.
Frances Williamson, aged nine from Abbey Lane Primary School, was one of the lucky youngsters who attended the event. She said: “We got invited to take part in boxing and lots of sporty things and have a tour of the venue.
“Meeting the boxers helped show what you can do to achieve what you want and maybe take up sport yourself. It was very generous of them to take the time out of their training to meet us.”
Paul Hudson, general manager at EIS Sheffield, said: “It’s great to celebrate the achievements of the boxers and their teams by welcoming them back home to the venue where they prepared for their Olympic journey.
“It is vital that we use the success of our local athletes at the London 2012 Olympics to inspire young people to take up sport and what better way than for local youngsters to get the chance to meet the athletes themselves.”
Rob McCracken, GB Boxing Performance Director, said: “The boxers did brilliantly at London 2012 and their success was a fantastic reward for all of the hard work and dedication they have put in over the last four years.
"It was also the result of the efforts of a whole team of people - both inside and outside the gym - and I would like to thank everyone, from the coaches and sports science staff to the operations staff and the people at EIS Sheffield, for their contribution to the team's success."
The GB Boxing squad came away from the London 2012 Olympic Games with five medals – three gold, one silver and one bronze – moving them up to fourth in the AIBA World Rankings.