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Gongs galore at St Gerards bash

St Gerards ABC held their annual awards presentation ceremony at the Swanfield Park Community Centre in Chichester.


The family club, which is now in its 16th year, rewarded its boxers with medals and certificates of achievement for their efforts during 2015-16 season.


Special awards came in the form of best junior boxer, picked up by Freddie Hayes and Holly Heffron, the latter looking to build on the three fights she had last season and stamp her authority on the ever-growing female amateur boxing rankings.


Best newcomer, and the award for effort and endeavour went to Wayne Wallis and Dennis Hayes respectively. Joe Grimsey picked up the most improved boxer trophy while Harrison Bullen was awarded the best young member.


The coveted accolade of the club’s best senior boxer went to none other than the majestic fighter Ellie Booth. The 19-year-old has been a loyal member of Chichester’s premier boxing club for eight years now, accumulating 22 bouts and at the forefront of the club’s success.


Head coach Gerry Lavelle said: “Everyone at the club got a medal as all the boxers our very special to us. The club’s as popular as ever with more and more youngsters coming through the door.”


The day after the presentation, St Gerards ABC was also a key member of the Everyone Active Festival, which took place for the 15th time to encourage health and fitness in our communities.


The festival, at Oaklands Park, Chichester, hosted a showcasing of boxing and fitness from the established Chichester club. Lavelle, also with coach Jon Mills, gave an exhibition of boxing pad work with Ellie and Holly, to encourage potential pugelists to take up boxing as a means of keeping fit.


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