Young Cleethorpes boxer inspired by Olympic hero Nicola Adams
BUDDING boxer Millicent Hansen will attend a national training squad on Saturday as she bids to follow in the footsteps of inspiring Olympics star Nicola Adams.
The 12-year-old Cleethorpes Academy pupil is dreaming of representing Team GB at the 2016 Olympics after being inspired by Adams' gold in London.
And her potential has caught the eye of England coach Amanda Groarke, who has invited her and two of her Grimsby Boxing Academy club-mates to a training camp in Sheffield.
The event will be good preparation for the year eight student ahead of her ABA Female National Championships 51kg semi-final on December 9. If Hansen wins the event, she will represent England at next year's Four Nations Championships.
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"My brother went to Grimsby Boxing Academy and I went along to watch and enjoyed it," said Hansen, who was the first female boxer to join the gym four years ago. "It makes me competitive – I enjoy training with the lads and beating them!
"The way Nicola boxed at the Olympics and that she won the first women's gold was fantastic.
"I'll be 16 when the 2016 Olympics come around and I'd love to qualify and represent Team GB in the ring."
Hansen will represent GBA in a club bout in Wales next month.
The club is also hoping to raise funds to take enable Hansen to compete in a Multi-Nations Box Cup women's event in Sweden in January.
She would be joined by 20-year-old club-mate Kirsty Hill, who is originally from the North East and won a Tyne, Tees and Wear Championship title last year.
Andy Cox, GBA head coach, said: "We are funding the other events, but it would be great to get some support so the girls can compete in Sweden.
"We're really pushing women's boxing at GBA. We now have three female coaches at the gym and run female classes for both fitness and competition.
"The Olympics has had a big effect in getting more women into boxing.
"Millie has a lot of potential and, if she wins two fights at the ABAs, she will box for England."
Rob Allenby, Cleethorpes Academy Curriculum leader for PE, said: "We are all very proud of Millicent. It is fantastic that girls are being taken seriously in contact sports and that they are getting the opportunity to compete.
"Olympian Nicola Adams has been a real inspiration to many young people and we wish Millicent the very best of luck when she fights in December."
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