British female boxers have already had great success, with England’s national team having four women in the 2008 top 10 world rankings and winning a silver medal at the World Championships. Scotland also won its first bronze medal at the EU Championships in 2008 and Wales have won a Bronze medal at both the European Youth and Junior Championships.
SEVEN women have been given the chance to make history after being named in the squad for the GB Boxing team that will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 2012 Olympics will be the first to feature women’s boxing when there will be three weight categories at 51Kg, 60Kg and 75Kg.
The squad has been selected following an extensive six-month assessment that looked-at nearly 100 female boxers from England, Scotland and Wales.
All seven will receive funding and train at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield under GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, and his coaching team. read more at www.gbboxing.org.uk
Women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympic Games as a demonstration sport in 1904 but was banned in most nations for most of the 20th century including the UK.
A major breakthrough for women boxing in the UK was the decision of the Amateur Boxing Association of England to lift the 116 year ban in 1996. New rules for women’s boxing was formed by AIBA at the end of 20th century with approval for the first European Cup for Women in 1999 and the first World Championship 2001 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Since then the sport’s popularity has increased hugely, leading to the introduction of the Women’s World and European Championships biannually with 130 nations registering competitive female boxers.