Karriss Artingstall named British Army Sportswoman of the Year

By 19th November 2021News

GB Boxing’s Karriss Artingstall has been crowned British Army Sportswoman of the Year 2021.

The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist was handed the award at last night’s Army sports awards to round off what has been an impressive year for the 26-year-old.

Artingstall was nominated alongside Kat Matthews (Triathlon) and Carrie Roberts (Rugby League) for the honour.

The featherweight sealed qualification for Tokyo 2020 in dramatic fashion via a box-off against Sweden’s Stephanie Thour at the Road to Tokyo qualification event in Paris, making history in the process, by becoming the British Army’s first female boxer to compete at the Olympics.

Then in her opening bout in Japan’s capital, she caught the eye immediately by beating Botswana’s Keamogetse Kenosi unanimously.

She then repeated the feat a few days later against Brazil’s Jucielen Romeu to move her within one victory of securing an Olympic medal, which she inevitably went on to do thanks to a split victory over Australia’s Skye Nicolson.

In her semi-final bout with eventual gold medallist Japan’s Sena Irie, Artingstall on another could have got the decision but despite this, made history again, this time for GB Boxing as by returning home with bronze alongside her five other teammates to earn medals in Tokyo (Gold: Galal Yafai and Lauren Price, Silver: Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker, Bronze: Frazer Clarke) they equalled the best medal tally for Great Britain in boxing since 1920.

Speaking on GB Boxing’s social media after returning home from the Games, Artingstall said: “I’m over the moon to have medalled at the Olympic Games. When you look up at the walls at GB Boxing HQ in the EIS, Sheffield and see all the previous medallists going all the way back to the 50s, to now be a part of that group is amazing.”