England places for local lads
TWO young people from Downend Boxing Club, based at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds, have been given places on the England Boxing National Schools Academy.
The first, 12-year-old Rocky Johnson, a newcomer to the club having started in Attleborough Boxing Club in Norfolk, is a National Minors Champion.
And 13-year-old Ethan Moore, of Fishponds, has been selected as national runner up.
The national coaches assessed the youngsters at the English Institute of Sport and moved them into the academy.
The aim of the academy is to nurture the youngsters' talent and to develop them through every stage as they get older, hopefully onto elite level competitions.
Head coach Craig Turner said: "We are really happy to welcome Rocky who is very talented and has been schooled so well by Jon Dennis and his team at Attleborough.
"Ethan's determination has shone through in progressing to the national finals, and I'm sure he will go a stage further next time, and become national champion.
"The guys' induction onto the academy will add significant value in as much as they will be training with the best in the country, with the best facilities available."