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Top female boxers welcome the inclusion of womenís boxing in the Commonwealth Games for Glasgow 2014
Page last updated at 1:47PM BST, Wednesday, 03 October 2012
THE Inclusion of womenís boxing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been welcomed by Britainís top female boxers and Amateur Boxing Associations in Great Britain.
Olympic flyweight gold medallist Nicola Adams said: “This is fantastic news for the sport and great for women competitors as it enables us to take-part in another high profile multi-sport event as well as the Olympics. I am already focused on Rio 2016 but having this as an extra competition between now and then is brilliant for the sport and provides me with even more motivation to work hard in the gym and make sure I keep improving.”
Lightweight, Natasha Jonas, who also competed at the London 2012 Olympics said: “Women’s boxing was a massive success at the Olympic Games so it’s great that the Commonwealth Games have followed suit and are including it in the programme. It’s brilliant news for both the boxers, who will now have another high profile tournament to compete in, and also for sport as a whole as it will help to maintain interest in women’s boxing and build on the success of the Olympics.”
Mark Abberley, Chief Executive of the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE), said: “This is another boost for the sport at both the elite level and the grassroots. Women’s boxing was undeniably one of the success stories of the 2012 Olympics and having it in the Commonwealth Games is going to be another fantastic shop window for it to demonstrate what a great sport it is. This will really help to maintain the profile of the sport and provide a boost to our on-going efforts to increase grassroots participation in women’s boxing.”
Rob McCracken, Performance Director at the British Amateur Boxing Association, which runs the women’s Olympic boxing programme, added: “The female boxers in our squad have had a lot of success at major tournaments over the last three years so it is great that they will now get the opportunity to also compete in the Commonwealth Games. They are elite athletes that absolutely deserve this opportunity.”
In the last 12 months women from the Great Britain squad have won seven medals at the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the European Championships.
Nicola Adams from Leeds is the Olympic flyweight (51kg) champion and in 2011 she also won gold at the European Championships and silver at the World Championships.
Liverpool lightweight (60kg) Natsaha Jonas was the first British women to qualify for the 2012 Olympics and in 2011 she won bronze medals at the World and European Championships.
Savannah Marshall from Hartlepool is the reigning world champion at middleweight (75kg) and won a bronze at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam.
Grassroots participation in women’s boxing has been growing steadily for four years. According to figures from Sport England, 19,600 females take part in boxing or boxing training once per week, and 30,100 do it once every four weeks.