As this is my first blog for the Female Coaching Network (well, in fact ever – so please bear with me) I thought I would introduce myself and set the scene for my posts so you can follow my coaching journey.
I was a late comer to boxing starting in my 20’s, but it soon developed into an obsession and I was competing within a year and began coaching not long afterwards. I was a young Police Officer and used my contacts to set up community projects and youth diversion schemes. I also coached the new boxers looking to join the Police team. I was lucky that my own coach was an early advocate for women’s boxing. We had the strongest female squad in the country at the time and the experience and skills of my team mates meant I was surrounded by women who were confident in their own abilities.
After a short break, I returned to competition boxing for a well-established Amateur club. Again, I was fortunate to have a coach invested in female boxing and sparring partners that forced me to up my game. Healthy competition and an expectation of excellence enabled me to finally achieve my goals, a national title and representing my country. I retired from competition in 2015 and joined my former coach at a new gym where I now coach and manage our Amateur squad. In the last few years I’ve immersed myself into my new role. I’ve been selected as a London female squad coach and as a coach for Police team the World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles this summer. I was also appointed to the England Boxing (the National Governing Body) Coach Education Subcommittee.
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