THE NEW season has got off to a fantastic start for Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy with news that Sian O’Toole has been selected by England for the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships in India later this year.
The 18-year-old will be moving up to the 60kg category for the event, which takes place in Guwahati between November 19 and 26, although the England team will arrive a week before the competition commences to acclimatise.
Between now and then, Sian will divide her time between Team GB headquarters in Sheffield with residential training camps in Tamworth, Dagenham and France as well as sessions in Droitwich, where her coach Jayson Doyle will be working on her strength and power as she steps up a weight.
“Sian is a tall girl so will have no problem moving up and she will be perfectly prepared by the time she flies out to India,” said Jayson.
“Having gone for selection at 57kg, Sian was a little shocked but nevertheless delighted and honoured to be picked for the heavier category but that’s where the Team GB coaches believe she will do well.”
With Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy continuing to enhance its reputation, there is another exciting season ahead for Spa boxers, including 14-year-old Joe Doyle, who, after winning his first national title in April, is about to embark on another championship campaign.
It will begin in November, when he will also be representing an England Select team against Ireland in Birmingham.
“The club is going from strength-to-strength and my fellow coach Jeof Adams and I believe that this is one of the strongest squads we have had for a while as we have a great mixture of novices and well-established England boxers,” added Jayson.
The next generation of Spa boxers are now being sought.
The club holds paperweight sessions every Tuesday and Thursday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm for youngsters aged eight to 12 to enjoy an introduction to the sport with tuition and games.