Indeed all three members of the RN ladies team who represented the Service at the National Championships returned from Liverpool with medals, writes POAET Dave McElwee.
AB(CIS) Zoe Young (Collingwood) fought extremely well in only her second bout in her semi-final. A close decision saw the local boxer awarded the decision and Zoe had to settle for a bronze medal.
Collingwood’s CPO Carlo Palin towers over opponent Pavlina Zubacova in the Nationals final; she lost the close bout on points
Olympic hopeful Lt Lucy O’Connor fought an impressive semi-final, clearly dominating throughout the contest and winning 43-12 against international Pavlina Zubacova.
In the final CPOET(WE) Carla Palin (Collingwood) lost a close bout 22-18 to Weston whilst O’Connor comfortably eased to victory in her final bout against fellow England international Flintham 34-18, to claim her fifth National ABA title.
All-in-all, the ladies came away with one gold, one silver and a bronze medal – a fantastic result.
The impressive outcome on Merseyside stems from a series of highly-successful training weekends which unearthed some great raw talent and introduced ladies to the varied training involved in boxing and also allowed some old faces to reconnect and work with new coach POAET Dave McElwee, assisted by LPTs ‘Bungy’ Edwards and Matt Philips.
Following the positive response to the initial camp, further training weekends were organised which involved female boxers from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight.
This not only introduced Navy fighters to a range of talent and experience in the local area but also gave local boxers and their coaches an introduction to functional fitness and plyometrics thanks to CPO John Murray and LPT ‘Paddy’ Stephens.
As a result the RN ladies squad are enjoying a positive relationship with other clubs within the local community.
Training sessions for women are run in Nelson boxing gym on Mondays from 5pm.
Boxing is a great sport to use to get fit, lose weight, tone up and boost confidence. No previous boxing experience is required and absolutely no pressure to compete.
Contact the RN Boxing gym on 9380 24290 or speak to your local PTI.