Posted on 21st August 2014
An amateur boxer who regularly takes part in police-led training sessions in Derby landed a podium finish in an international competition.
Chantelle Reid, who laces up her gloves for OzBox fitness classes in Allenton, recently represented England at the EUBC Women’s Youth and Junior Championships.
The contest, held in Assisi, Italy, featured 224 boxers from countries across Europe and saw Chantelle beat competition from Turkey and Russia.
She clinched gold after dominating the final round and beating Polish amateur Aneta Gojko in a unanimous points victory.
Chantelle’s gold was one of three medals earned by boxers representing England at the tournament, which was held in June.
The three winners are pictured to the right. They are (L-R) Chantelle Reid, Melissa Hall and Ebonie Jones.
The team manager, Cliff Perkins, said: “These very impressive performances rounded up a fantastic tournament for England.
“Three medals in a European championship is a very good return and a positive sign for the future of women’s boxing in England.”
Chantelle takes part in OzBox sessions at Allenton Boxing Academy, which is one of many police-led boxing fitness classes held across Derbyshire.
OzBox was launched ten years ago in Chesterfield and is aimed at young people aged between 11 and 19.
The free sessions, which are open to boys and girls from all backgrounds, are led by GB Boxing trained tutors. They aim to encourage youngsters to have self-confidence, pride in their community and motivation, and to steer young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime.
For more information on the scheme, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.