GB BOXING has selected four women from the world class performance programme to compete in the forthcoming EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Bucharest, Romania (31 May – 7 June 2014).
The selection includes 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Nicola Adams, who will be defending the title she won in Rotterdam in 2011 as she bids to become the first ever British women to become a two-time European Champion.
Adams is joined by her colleagues from the GB Boxing squad, Lisa Whiteside, who will box at bantamweight (54kg), Chantelle Cameron, who has been selected at lightweight (60kg) and Natasha Jonas, who will compete in the light-welterweight division (64g).
Middleweight (75kg) Savannah Marshall will not travel to the European Championships as she has only recently returned to full-training after recovering from a foot injury and has not had adequate time to prepare for the tournament.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “The European Championships is always a tough assignment, however our women have a good record in this tournament so we are approaching it in a positive frame of mind.
“The Europeans is the first major tournament in a big year for women’s boxing, so all of the team are looking to deliver a good performance and build on the success that our boxers have enjoyed in recent years.”
On Savannah Marshall, he explained: “It is a shame that Savannah will not be able to travel with the team after she has worked so hard to overcome her injury, however she has not had enough quality preparation to be ready for such a demanding tournament like the European Championships. 2014 is a busy year for women’s boxing and we decided it was unwise to take a risk with Savannah when she is not 100% fit and we have more major championships later in the year.”
At the last European Championships in 2011 in Rotterdam, women from the GB Boxing squad won four medals. Nicola Adams became Great Britain’s first ever European Champion when she took gold in the flyweight division. Lisa Whiteside won silver at featherweight and Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall landed bronze medals at light-welterweight and middleweight respectively.
All four of the women from the GB Boxing squad will compete for England and will be joined by three other boxers that have been selected by England Boxing.
Sarah Dunne will box at featherweight (57kg), Stacey Copeland takes the berth at welterweight (69kg) and Carly Ogogo – the sister of 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo – will box at light-heavyweight (81kg).
The full selection is (* member of GB Boxing squad):
Haringey Police Community Club, London
Larches and Savick ABC, Preston
Bury ABC, Bury
King’s Heath ABC, Northampton
Rotunda ABC, Liverpool
Bredbury Stockport ABC, Manchester
Salisbury ABC, Liverpool
Individual profiles of the boxers from the GB Boxing squad are available at http://www.gbboxing.org.uk/boxer-profiles.php.
Since it was established in April 2010, women from the GB Boxing squad have won 10 medals at four major international competitions.
Results and updates on the progress of the team at the European Championship will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on the GB Boxing twitter feed @gbboxing once the tournament begins on Monday 31 May 2014.