SIAN O’TOOLE got her England duties off to a winning start and is now hungry for more success after clinching a place in the GB Boxing Women’s Development Squad.
The 17-year-old ABA youth national champion, who is a member at Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy, made her England debut in the Youth and Junior Three Nations competition in Rotherham on Sunday.
O’Toole convincingly beat team-mate Beth Warne in the final with the referee stopping the contest in the second round as the Spa fighter’s constant barrage and long shots overpowered her opponent.
Next month O’Toole is heading to the European Championships although her destination is not yet known after host nation Ukraine pulled out.
Her selection for the GB Boxing Women’s Development Squad means she will need to combine four-day training sessions at its headquarters in Sheffield with her A-level studies at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge.
If she works hard and impresses, it means she has a real chance of representing her country in next year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast as well as the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
“Sian has caught the eye with her performances and attitude on the selection camps that she has attended and GB Boxing clearly recognise that she’s got what it takes if she continues in the same vain,” said her Droitwich ABA coach Jayson Doyle.
“Now Sian needs to show them that she can keep with a rigorous training regime and travelling for the opportunity to secure a longer-term contract
“It’s a fabulous opportunity – one she fully deserves and I’m confident that she will grasp with both hands as she has the potential to be a real star of this sport.”
Meanwhile, Droitwich light heavyweight William Clayton made it two wins out of two when he travelled to Coventry last Saturday to defeat Jordan Thomson.