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Nairn's Scottish Novice Champion Cameron wants to see how far she can go in boxing

By Will Clark

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Jemma Cameron says becoming Nairn’s first female Scottish boxing champion is everything that she’s ever wanted – but now she is looking for more.

The Jacobite Boxing Club fighter took the 64kg national title at the Scottish Novice Boxing Championships in Motherwell.

Her accomplishment is even more remarkable considering she only started boxing three years ago and took a break in-between to give birth to her son James.

Jemma Cameron pictured with her gold medal after becoming Scottish Novice champion.
Jemma Cameron pictured with her gold medal after becoming Scottish Novice champion.

But encouraged by her coach Bobby Russell that she had what it takes to become a national champion, Cameron (31) says she was always determined to make her dream become a reality.

“This is what I’ve been aiming for my entire boxing career,” she said.

“The first night I went through to the boxing club, Bobby said to me that I could be Scottish champion.

“That is all I have ever wanted since.”

Cameron‘s ambition was fuelled after a conversation with Russell at the petrol station she works at.

“I always wanted to box but as there was previously no club in Nairn I never had the chance.

“But after speaking to Bobby at work, he invited me down to the boxing club and that was it.

“As soon as I went in, I fell in love with it.”

Cameron won gold by defeating Glasgow City Boxing Club athlete Sophie Paton by unanimous decision.

She has a record of six wins in seven fights and is considering following in the footsteps for fellow club member Tam Curley by stepping up a level.

“Tam won the novice championship and he is now competing in the intermediate championships.

“I am thinking about doing the same thing.

“There aren’t many women boxing in Scotland and it is something I want to take advantage of and see how far I can go.

“I feel like I have nothing to lose.”

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