Boxers join services as club trains in park
THREE young boxers are planning to continue their sport after joining the Armed Forces.
Downend Boxing Club members Jude Moore, Harry Goss and Taylor Andrews each have their sights fixed in their respective services' teams.
Former National champion and England representative Jude, 17, from Hillfields, has passed out of his initial training at the Army Foundation college Harrogate, in a ceremony streamed online due to the lockdown (bottom right). He now will go on to the Parachute Regiment and hopes to move on to the Army boxing team.
Meanwhile at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall Harry, 20, of Downend (bottom left), has completed his initial Royal Navy training and would like to box for the senior service once his full training is complete.
Taylor Andrews celebrated his 18th birthday with the news he is to commence his RAF training in Halton. Taylor (top right), a multiple Western Counties champion and Haringey gold medallist will become a gunner but plans to switch to a physical training instructor and box on the RAF team as his career progresses.
Head coach Craig Turner said: "It seems strange that the guys are starting out in their service, as it seems like yesterday they were 12 year olds.
"We are immensely proud of them, and are sure the discipline and outstanding physical conditioning boxing offers, will stand them in good stead to progress'
Ten of the club's competitive boxers are currently training twice a week Page Park (top left), until clearance is given to re-open the club's gym at the Harry Crook Centre, Fishponds.