Galal Yafai

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 11 December 1992
Weight: 52kg
Height: 5’5”
Club: Birmingham City ABC, Birmingham
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: Frank O’Sullivan
http://www.twitter.com/galal_yafai

Achievements:

  •  2019 European Games - Bronze
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver

 

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Born in Birmingham, Galal is part of a well-known boxing family.  His older brothers, Khalid and Gamal, are both successful professional boxers and were previously members of the GB Boxing squad, the former competing for Team GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Galal joined the Podium squad in October 2015 and went to the Olympic Test event in Rio where he secured a bronze medal.

He then competed for Team GB at Rio 2016, where he defeated Simplice Fotsala of Cameroon in his opening bout before losing out on a split decision to eventual bronze medallist Yoahnys Argilago in the second set of preliminary rounds.

In 2017 Galal won a silver medal in the European Championships, where he secured his spot at the AIBA World Championships later that year, making it through to the final sixteen in his group.

2018 saw Galal's most successful year yet, he was selected to represent Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. His years of experience within the sport saw him secure four consecutive victory's during the competition, taking his place on the top of the podium and returning to the UK with that gold medal.

In 2019, Galal took part in the European Games, held in Minsk and he had a successful tournament, earning a bronze medal losing out to eventual silver medallist Daniel Asenov.

Kiaran MacDonald

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 30 April 1997
Weight: 52kg
Height: 5"6
Club: Sunderland ABC
Home Town: Sunderland
Club Coach: Joe Purvis

Achievements:

  • 2017 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold
  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold

Will Cawley

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1997
Weight: 52kg
Height: 171cm
Club: Oldham Boxing Club
Home Town: Oldham
Club Coach: Eric Noi
http://www.twitter.com/@Willcawley6

Achievements:

  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Silver
  • 2017 European Under 22 Championships – Bronze

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Will started boxing when he was 11-years-old and won his first title as a youth at the age of 15.

In 2015, he was named in England’s first ever youth squad and went on to compete at a number of international tournaments, most notably the Brandenburg Youth Cup, where he won the gold medal on his 18th birthday.

In his first competition as a senior Will won the 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool and less than one year later he secured his first medal at a major international tournament when he took flyweight bronze at the 2017 European Under-22 Championships in Romania.

In 2017, he made a successful debut for the British Lionhearts team as he helped them to overcome the France Fighting Roosters in the quarter-final of the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

When he is not training in Sheffield, Will enjoys relaxing at home and playing football.

Peter McGrail

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 31/05/1996
Weight: 56kg
Height: 5'6"
Club: Everton Red Triangle
Home Town: Liverpool
Club Coach: Paul Stevenson
http://www.twitter.com/@peter_mcgrail

Achievements:

  • 2019 World Championship - Bronze
  • 2019 European Games - Bronze
  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Silver
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 World Championships - Bronze
  • 2017 European Championships - Gold

Peter joined the GB Boxing squad as a youth boxer in 2014, and has since gone on to become one of  the most decorated boxers on the world class performance programme.

2017 was Peter’s most successful year where he collected a series of medals in some of boxing’s most prestigious tournaments.  In March he won silver at the U22 European Championships.  In June, he went one better when he became the first boxers from Liverpool to win the European Championship, when he defeated Ukraine’s Mykola Butsenko in the final.  He finished the year with a bronze medal at the world championships in Hamburg.

Peter admits that when he first started boxing at 10-years-old it was purely to have a laugh with his friends outside of school.  But after only one week of training with Everton Red Triangle, the coaches told his Dad that Peter would one day be a national champion.

Peter has his first bout at the age of 11 and by 2015 he was a six-time national champion.

When he is not in the gym, or travelling the world with the GB team, Peter is a huge Everton fan and supports his local team when possible.

Peter represented England at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia earlier this year, adding another gold medal to his already more than impressive boxing CV. His ultimate goal is to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Niall Farrell

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1997
Weight: 56kg
Height: 172cm
Club: Kingstanding 2nd City ABC
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: Paddy Farrell
http://www.twitter.com/wacka_farrell

Achievements:

  • 2017 European Championships, Ukraine - Silver

Mickey McDonagh

Light welterweight

Date of Birth: 18/08/1998
Weight: 64kg
Height: 174cm
Club: Merlins Bridge ABC
Home Town: Pembroke
Club Coach: Graham Brockway
http://www.twitter.com/@mickey_boxer1

Achievements:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Bronze

Calum French

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 25 August 1995
Weight: 60kg
Height: 5’7”
Club: Birtley ABC
Home Town: Gateshead
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/calumfrench_

Achievements:

  • 2017 European Championships - Bronze

 

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Calum first became interested in boxing through watching ‘The Contender’ series on television and decided to try out the sport at his local club with his brother.

He quickly showed a natural ability for boxing and at 14-years-old he won the England Boxing National junior title, which he followed-up a year later by winning the England Boxing Junior and Youth National Championships.   His success in the junior and youth ranks translated to the seniors and in 2015 he won the first of his two England Boxing Elite National Championship titles.

Calum joined GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad in 2015 and after a series of impressive performances he was promoted to the Podium group in April 2016.  Although he was not part of the Team GB squad for Rio, he was one of two boxers from the GB Boxing programme that were selected to go to Rio with UK Sport as part of its Athlete Ambition Programme.

2017 was another successful year for Calum which saw him medal at his first ever European Championships, where he brought home a bronze medal and joined nine of his teammates in qualifying for the 2017 World Championships.

2018 saw Calum represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, he narrowly missed out on his place in the semi-finals, after losing to India's Manish Kaushik in the quarterfinal stages of the competition.

Like most boxers Calum says that the thing he enjoys most about boxing is winning and knowing that all of the hard work and sacrifices made through both training and personal lifestyle have paid off.

When he is not boxing Calum enjoys relaxing with friends and holidays in the sun. His favourite boxers are Floyd Mayweather, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Luke McCormack

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 8th June 1995
Weight: 64kg
Height: 5’8”
Club: Birtley Boxing Club
Home Town: Washington, Tyne and Wear
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/luke_mc1

Achievements:

  •  2019 European Games - Bronze
  •  2019 Mens EU Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast - Bronze
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver

 

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 A member of Birtley Boxing Club since he was 12-years-old, Luke boasts a prolific set of achievements, including England Boxing Schools and Junior titles as a young boxer.  He also competed at the 2011 AIBA World Junior Championships.

In 2015, Luke and his brother Pat became only the second pair of twins to win England Boxing Elite national titles on the same day equalling the achievement of Darran and Stewart Langley in 2005. Having taken part in competitions together all of their lives, the brothers continued their journey by joining the GB Boxing squad at the same time.

A member of the British Lionhearts squad for the 2016 World Series of Boxing, Luke won three of his four bouts, his sole defeat coming in the final against Cuba’s multiple world champion, Lazaro Alvarez. Luke has continued to compete for the British Lionhearts for their 2017 and 2018 season.

He was one of twelve boxers selected by Team England to represent his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where he secured a bronze medal.

When he is not with the Podium squad in Sheffield, Luke returns to Birtley Boxing Club to continue his training at weekends.

Pat McCormack

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 8 June 1995
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5’10”
Club: Birtley
Home Town: Washington
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/PatMcCormack14

Achievements:

  • 2019 World Championship - Silver
  • 2019 European Games - Gold
  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver
  • 2015 European Championships - Silver

 

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Having started boxing as a schoolboy with one of the north east’s most successful clubs, Birtley ABC, Pat secured every domestic title available to English boxers, before going on to win gold medals for England in major internationals, including the AIBA Junior World Championships and the EUBC European Championships.

In 2014 he won the England Boxing National title in his first year as a senior and retained it in 2015, on the same day that his twin brother Luke, also won the national crown.  The pair both joined the GB Boxing squad in 2014 when Pat also represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

He went on to star for the British Lionhearts in the 2016 of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), winning all three of his contests and being named “Boxer of the regular Season”. Pat also represented the British Lionhearts in Season's 2017 and 2018, after a grand total of six fights, he still remains unbeaten in the competition.

Pat’s career high point came  when he won the gold medal in the 2016 AIBA Olympic Qualification Event in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2016. One month later he went on to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympic Games.

In 2017 Pat replicated his performance from the 2015 European Championships, where he won silver for the second time, and became a two-time European silver medallist. It was also at the European Championships in June 2017, where Pat qualified for his place at the 2017 World Championships.

March 2018 saw Pat jet off to Australia after he was selected by Team England to represent his country in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, it was here where Pat secured a gold medal after winning each of his bouts by unanimous decision.

It was a year to remember in 2019 for Pat as he continued to showcase his talents in the 69kg division as not only did he secure a silver medal at the World Championship in Russia where he lost in the final to Andrey Zamkovoy but he stood at the head of the podium in Minsk as he claimed gold for defeating Khariton Agrba in the European Games.

Harris Akbar

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 09/12/1998
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5'9"
Club: Bradford Police and College
Home Town: Bradford
Club Coach: Mally Maciver
http://www.twitter.com/@TeamAkbar

Achievements

  • 2018 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2018 England National Champion – Gold
  • 2017 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2017 England National Championships – Gold
  • 2016 European Youth Championships – Silver
  • 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games – Gold

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Harris, born in Bradford, was a massive martial arts fan as a child. His boxing journey began when a local coach came into his Dad’s butcher’s shop and asked him to bring Harris down to see if he liked it. A vey enthusiastic Harris went down and wanted to get involved straight away.

After finding his right weight division, everything started to click. Harris used his dedication to earn a call up to the Yorkshire squad, which then resulted in him gaining the colours for England. In 2017, GB Boxing asked Harris to come for an assessment. Akbar was already a medallist at the European Youth Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and ranked in the top 3 for amateurs at 69kg.

Harris who has joined the programme in the last year has produced back to back GB Boxing championship gold medals in 2017-18.

Akbar uses pervious boxers who have been on the programme like Anthony Joshua and Joshua Buatsi as a motivation to keep pushing to his ultimate dreams. Harris hopes that his boxing career will let him open up his own gym.

Cyrus Pattinson

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 6 April 1994
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5’9”
Club: Birtley Boxing Club
Home Town: Alnwick, Northumberland
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/@CyrusRamone

Achievements:

  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Silver

 

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Cyrus started boxing when he was twelve years-old and had his first bout a year later.

A graduate of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Boxing programme at Gateshead College, Pattinson rocketed into the national stages of the England Boxing Elite Nationla Championships in 2015 as a relative unknown outside of Northumberland boxing circles.  In April 2015, he caused a major upset in the semi-finals of the competition by beating Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald. Despite losing in the final to reigning champion Connor Loftus, his performances in Liverpool helped propel the Alnwick boxer onto greater things.

A month after his defeat in Liverpool, Pattinson won the GB Elite Three Nations at Magna in Rotherham, earning himself a place on the England Boxing Elite Squad, and in November he avenged his Elite Championships defeat by finally beating Loftus in the GB Boxing Championships in Sheffield.

He is now a full time member of the GB Boxing squad and competed for the British Lionhearts team that finished second in the 2016 season of the World Series of Boxing.

Carl Fail

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 16/01/1997
Weight: 75kg
Height: 6'0"
Club: Far Cotton Boxing Club
Home Town: Northampton
Club Coach: John Daly
http://www.twitter.com/@CarlFail

Achievements

  • 2018 U22 European Championships – Silver
  • 2016 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2016 England National Championships – Gold

Mark Dickinson

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 07/07/1999
Weight: 75kg
Height: 5'10"
Club: Birtley ABC
Home Town: Durham
Club Coach: Graham Rutherford

Achievements

  • 2017 European Youth Championships – Gold
  • 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games – Gold

Sammy Lee

Light Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 14/01/1999
Weight: 81kg
Height: 5'10"
Club: Premier ABC
Home Town: Neath Abbey
Club Coach: Stephen Brophy
http://www.twitter.com/@sammylee173

Achievements

  • 2019 European U22 Championship - Silver
  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Bronze
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold

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Born in Neath Abbey, 20 miles outside of Swansea, Sammy Lee has come from a family of boxers. Bursting onto the scene in 2015 at the Welsh championships, he quickly earnt his place in the top five youth world rankings.

Joining the GB Boxing team in October 2017, Sammy spent only a few months on the podium potential squad before he impressed the coaching team and was promoted to the podium squad where he would then train in Sheffield four days a week.

In 2017, at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, he won gold with some very impressive victories.

Sammy then travelled with Team Wales to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Defeating Reagan Ssimbwa of Uganda in the quarter finals, he moved onto Clay Waterman in the semi finals and again provided a brilliant performance. In the final, Sammy came up against Samoan Ato Faoagali, in a unanimous victory Sammy brought home the Gold medal.

Ben Whittaker

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 06/06/1997
Weight: 81kg
Height: 5'11"
Club: Firewalker Olympic Boxing Club
Home Town: Darlaston
Club Coach: Tony Wilson and Joby Clayton
http://www.twitter.com/@BenGWhittaker

Achievements:

  •  2019 World Championship - Bronze
  •  2019 European Games - Silver
  •  2018 Mens EU Championship - Gold
  •  2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas- Silver

 

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Ben is the leading light-heavyweight in the GB Boxing squad. After moving up a weight class from middleweight he enjoyed the best year of his career in 2019, winning silver at the European Games in June and bronze at the world championships in September.

The medals were his first podium places at major international tournaments and delivered on the rich promise that had seen him win back-to-back England Boxing national titles in in his first two years as a senior boxer and earnt him a place in the GB Boxing squad at the age of 19.

A resident of Wednesbury in the West Midlands, Ben began boxing aged seven and had his first bout at the age of 12. Known for his smooth footwork, Ben attributes his ‘easy on the eye’ style to his father who made him do dance as part of his training regime and got him to watch old tapes of the great Cuban boxers of the past. Outside of the ring, he enjoys music and records his own material.

Lewis Williams

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 24/12/1998
Weight: 91kg
Height: 6'2"
Club: Cleary’s Boxing Gym
Home Town: Leamington Spa
Club Coach: Edwin Cleary

Achievements

  • 2018 GB Elite Three Nations Championships – Gold
  • 2018 England Elite National Championships – Gold

Scott Forrest

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 23/08/1994
Weight: 91kg
Height: 6'1"
Club: Lochend ABC
Home Town: Lanark
Club Coach: Terry McCormack
http://www.twitter.com/@ScottForrest94

Achievements

  • 2016 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2016 Scottish National Championships – Gold
  • 2015 Scottish National Championships – Gold
  • 2014 Scottish National Championships – Gold

Cheavon Clarke

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 14/12/1990
Weight: 91kg
Height: 6'0"
Club: Gravesham ABC
Home Town: Gravesend
Club Coach: Lenny Trusty, Jason Weeks, Rebecca Donnelly
http://www.twitter.com/c4chev

Achievements:

  •  2019 European Games - Bronze
  •  2018 Mens EU Championships - Bronze
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Bronze
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver

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Four years ago Cheavon (Chev) Clarke was working as a HGV driver, delivering products for B&Q and Homebase, having given up boxing following a disappointing Commonwealth Games in 2014, when he competed for his native Jamaica.

Today he is a member of the GB Boxing squad, a European Championship silver medallist, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and ranked number four in the world.

Chev’s turnaround began in 2016 when he was persuaded to box again by his coach Jason Weeks. He won that year’s England Boxing and GB Boxing Championships and earnt an assessment for the GB Boxing squad, which led to him being added to the world class performance programme in January 2017.

He quickly established himself as the top heavyweight in the squad and went on to claim silver at the 2017 European Championships. He boxed for Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he won a bronze medal and in June 2019 he did the same for Team GB at the European Games in Minsk.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Chev moved to England at the age of 11. He had his first bout at 18 and competes for Gravesham ABC. The 29-year-old is also an ambassador for the charity, Fight4Change, which uses sport to inspire and educate young people and adults to make a positive change in their lives.

Frazer Clarke

Super Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 7th August 1991
Weight: 91kg+
Height: 6’5”
Club: Burton Amateur Boxing Club
Home Town: Burton
Club Coach: Richard Joyce
http://www.twitter.com/BigFrazeBoxer

Achievements:

  •  2018 Mens EU Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver
  • 2015 Olympic Test Event – Gold

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A veteran of the GB Boxing squad, Frazer started boxing at the age of 11. He joined the GB Boxing Development squad in 2010 and in March of that year he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Delhi.

A member of the British Lionhearts squad for the 2016 World Series of Boxing, Frazer was a favourite with spectators and won all five of his contests.  They included a series of stoppages and a victory over Leinier Pero of the Cuba Domodores in the final of the competition.

A high class performer on the international stage with a proven track-record, Frazer won gold in the Olympic Games Test Event in Rio in December 2016.  He was narrowly pipped to a place at Rio by his friend and colleague Joe Joyce, who secured the only slot available at super-heavyweight when he qualified for Great Britain at the European Qualification event in Samsun, Turkey in April 2016.

2017 saw Frazer collect a silver medal in the European Championships, despite having a severe hamstring injury, it was here that Frazer secured his place into the World Championships, however was unable to compete due to his leg injury.

It was on the Gold Coast in Australia where Frazer showed the crowd what he was capable of, and became the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Solomon Dacres

Super Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 25/10/1993
Weight: 91kg+
Height: 6'5"
Club: Warley ABC
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: John Nash
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Solomon first took up boxing as a 15-year-old, however he stopped after six months and only returned to the sport at the age of twenty when he decided to put the gloves back on and have his first competitive bout.

He won a bronze medal in the 2016 National Championships and twelve months later he returned to win the crown for the first time.

He joined the GB Boxing squad in April 2017 and had his first international bout one month later when he won dramatic tie-break contest in quarter-finals of the World Series Boxing to secure a 6-5 victory for the British Lionhearts over the France Fighting Roosters at London’s York Hall.

When asked what he loves most about boxing, Solomon admits that seeing the results from training and being in great shape are quite addictive. He also loves the feeling of being victorious at the end of a fight.

Away from the gym, Solomon enjoys hanging out with friends and playing the PlayStation 4.

Tori-Ellis Willetts

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 25/05/1995
Weight: 51kg
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Club: British Army Boxing Team
Home Town: Nuneaton
Club Coach: Ben Stewart
http://www.twitter.com/toriellis_xo

Achievements:

  • 2019 English ABA National Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Great Britain Elite Three Nations - Gold

Karriss Artingstall

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 23/11/1994
Weight: 57kg
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Club: British Army Boxing Team
Home Town: Macclesfield
Club Coach: Ben Stewart
http://www.twitter.com/karriss_imogen

Achievements: 

  •  2019 Women's World Championship - Bronze
  •  2019 Women's European Championship  - Silver

Caroline Dubois

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 11/01/2001
Weight: 60kg
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Club: Repton Boxing Club
Home Town: London
Club Coach: Kevin Wing
https://www.instagram.com/__carolinedubois1/

Achievements:

  • 2019 European Women's Youth Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Gold
  • 2018 World Women Youth Championship - Gold

Paige Murney

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 21/01/1995
Weight: 60kg
Height: 5'6"
Club: Leicester Unity
Home Town: Leicester
Club Coach: Ajmal Butt
http://www.twitter.com/@PaigeMurney

Achievements

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver
  • 2017 Women’s EU Championships – Bronze

Rosie Eccles

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 23/07/1996
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5'7"
Club: Pontypool ABC
Home Town: Cardiff
Club Coach: Colin Jones
http://www.twitter.com/@Rosie_Eccles96

Achievements

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver
  • 2016 Women’s European Championships – Silver

 

Sandy Ryan

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 16 September 1993
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5’9”
Club: One Nation Pegasus ABC
Home Town: Derby
Club Coach: Clifton Mitchell
http://www.twitter.com/sandyryan93

Achievements:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia - Gold
  • 2016 European Championships - Bronze
  • 2015 European Games – Bronze

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Sandy was inspired to take up boxing watching her older brother Dave, who is a professional boxer, and first went to a gym when she was 15.  She had her first bout aged 18 and won her first England Boxing National Elite title a year later.

In 2014 she joined the GB Boxing squad and was swiftly promoted to the Podium group.  Her career highlight came at the 2014 World Championships in Jeju City where she won a light-welterweight silver medal in her first ever major international championship.

A year later, she secured bronze at the European Games in Baku and won her second England Boxing title in 2016.

Sandy was selected to represent Team England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, it was here on Gold Coast where she really put her name on the map, when she beat Rosie Eccles of Wales to become a gold medallist.

Her sight is now firmly set on competing in the Olympics for GB Boxing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

When she is not boxing Sandy enjoys going out for food and going to the cinema. She’s well known in camp for her love of ice cream and smoothies. Like many of her teammates, Sandy’s boxing idol is Muhammad Ali.

Lauren Price

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 25/06/1994
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5'7"
Club: Pontypool
Home Town: Ystrad Mynach
Club Coach: Mark James
http://www.twitter.com/@LLPrice94

Achievements:

  •  2019 Women's World Championships - Gold
  •  2019 European Games - Gold
  • 2018 Women's World Championships  - Bronze
  • 2018 Women's European Championships - Bronze
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2016 European Championships - Bronze
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games - Bronze

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In 2014 Lauren found herself in a position that most other athletes would envy. Choose to continue an international football career that may lead to the World Cup or embark on a new career in boxing and aim for the Olympic Games.

Lauren made a courageous choice to pursue boxing and it has proven to be a very successful decision. After winning a bronze medal for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games she became part of Olympic programme at the start of 2017 when she joined GB Boxing’s Podium squad.

In 2018 she had had a great year winning gold at Commonwealth Games followed by bronze at both the European and World Championships.

This paved the way for a spectacular twelve months in 2019 which saw her become only the third women from Great Britain, and the first from Wales, to win the World Championship, when she defeated Nouchka Fontijn of Holland in a dramatic final. Lauren’s victory in the World Championship followed a gold medal winning performance at the 2019 European Games in June and was part of a run that saw her remain unbeaten in the calendar year for 2019 which she finished as the number one ranked female middleweight in the world.

Born in the town of Ystrad Mynch in Caerphilly, Wales, Lauren was a world champion in Kickboxer at the age of 12 and, as a 16 year old, spent six months as part of the world class programme for Taekwondo after being scouted via the Fighting Chance talent campaign. A talented footballer, she also played more than 100 games for Cardiff City FC’s women’s team and won 52 international caps playing for Wales after making her debut at the age of 16.

Lauren aims to qualify for Tokyo and fulfil her dream of competing at the Olympic Games. She also hopes for her legacy and career to be an inspiration to the next generation of female boxers in the same way that Nicola Adams was an inspiration to her.