Published: 13/10/2017 08:30 - Updated: 12/10/2017 15:39

Female Highland Boxing Academy trio aim to pack punches at Novice Championships

Written byKenny MacDonald

 

Inverness Boxing Academy’s female fighters, from left: Ashley Duncan, Lindsay Fulton and Emily MacDonald with their coaches. The coaches are, from left: Gary Russell, Liam Foy and Laura Mackay.
Inverness Boxing Academy’s female fighters, from left: Ashley Duncan, Lindsay Fulton and Emily MacDonald with their coaches. The coaches are, from left: Gary Russell, Liam Foy and Laura Mackay.
HIGHLAND Boxing Academy has been boosted by girl power.

 

And coach Liam Foy reckons the three recruits are ready to scoop more success for the club.

The three members are Ashley Duncan (31), Lindsay Fulton (31) and Emily MacDonald (13) who were trained by the club’s first female fighter Laura Mackay.

Foy said: "It has been a great, successful period for the girls.

"They are all from Inverness and have worked really hard at the club and shown great dedication and commitment

"Laura has done a great job coaching them and she originally joined the academy just to keep fit, but we spotted her potential

"We must be one of the few clubs with three girls and three really good, talented girls who have all won competitions.

"And to have three girls competing at a boxing clubs is quite rare.

"They were all in competition recently and won at the Mercure in September and at Craigmillar in Edinburgh a few weeks later.

"They are all novices and the great thing is that in a couple of weeks they will all be competing in a UK boxing tournament at Ravenscraig near Motherwell where the total number of competitors is 511.

"It is the Scottish Novice Championships and we will be taking down eight boxers for the event.

"And I think all three girls can come back with gold medals, I really do.

"It is an exciting time for the boxing club and for the girls.

"Laura and the three girls are really putting it on the map right now.

"I know Laura from school and she has been coming to the academy since it opened in 2011. She had been a long distance runner, but had never taken part in contact sports.

"I could see she had the potential to compete, but Laura didn’t want that at first. She expressed no desire, or hunger to box.

"But as time went on and she enjoyed her training then we convinced her to take part in a bout, she won it and then we coaxed her into becoming a coach."

Foy says he’d welcome more women at his club and added: "But girls joining the academy do not need to compete.

"They can train with boxers who do and it is a great way to keep fit and even to lose weight.

"But we can spot the potential in any boxer within minutes of coming into the gym to train and we can make champions out of them.

"And after all, we have produced 38 national champions."

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