Young minds to be inspired by British boxing champion

Hannah Beharry, supplied by Sport England
Hannah Beharry, supplied by Sport England
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A female British boxing champion is hoping to inspire young minds when she shows them the ropes this summer.

Hannah Beharry, 26, narrowly missed competing in the London 2012 Olympics due to injury, but is the current British Champion, and two times English Champion.

Next month she will attend three boxing sessions as part of South Northants Council’s Sportivate programme for 14 to 25-year-olds.

At the age of 17, Ms Beharry found herself in a downward spiral, living a life of crime and with no education . But after joining the All Stars Boxing Club in London she turned her life around and is now hoping to give something back.

She said: “I’m very much looking forward to visiting the Sportivate South Northants Youth boxing project as it gives me the opportunity to inspire more young people and to give something back.

“Following on from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Sportivate helps create a lasting participation legacy and offers many young adults a brilliant opportunity to experience a wide range of sports and continue their involvement in a particular sport.”

Sportivate Boxing sessions started yesterday, Thursday, and take place every week at the Towcester Community Centre. Ms Beharry will attended the club on June 27, July 4, and July 25 as a member of Sport England’s elite athlete Sporting Champions team.

Other activities on offer throughout the district as part of the Sportivate scheme include gym fitness and table tennis. For more information visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/3063.htm, or call 01327 322078.