England boxing star Shona Whitwell shows Neale-Wade Academy pupils the ropes
PUBLISHED: 17:45 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:46 17 May 2016
Pupils at Neale-Wade Academy in March were treated to a knockout boxing coaching session by one of England's most exciting talents.
England boxer Shona Whitwell puts pupils through their paces at Neale-Wade Academy
Shona Whitwell puts a Neale-Wade Academy pupil through her paces during a special coaching session. Photo: Steve Williams
18 pupils were given advice and tips by the England fighter, Shona Whitwell. Photo: Steve Williams
Shona Whitwell at Neale-Wade Academy. Photo: Steve Williams
Shona Whitwell and her father and coach, Steve (first right, bottom row), at Neale-Wade Academy's weekly boxing session. Photo: Steve Williams
Shona Whitwell showcases her skills. Photo: Steve Williams
Steve Whitwell takes pupils through some drills. Photo: Steve Williams
March Boxing Club coach Bernie Wing shows pupils the ropes. Photo: Steve Williams
Pupils of all ages attended the boxing session. Photo: Steve Williams
Pupils attend the sessions every Tuesday at Neale-Wade Academy.
Shona Whitwell giver pupils some pointers. Photo: Steve Williams
Shona and Steve Whitwell led a training session at Neale-Wade Academy. Photo: Steve Williams
England boxer Shona Whitwell at Neale-Wade Academy, March. Photo: Steve Williams
St Ives and England star Shona Whitwell joined March Boxing Club coaches Raf Tichanow and Bernie Wing at the school’s weekly training session, which is held to encourage the school’s youngsters into getting active.
The former ABA title-holder and her father and coach, Steve, put 18 pupils through their paces in the school’s sports centre, giving them tips on pad work and combinations.
Coach Bernie Wing was delighted to see the young star lend a hand at the session.
He said: “All the kids have really enjoyed having Shona here. She gave a great speech earlier and hopefully having her here will encourage more people to get involved with boxing and join the club.”
Shona, who has won five national titles during her career, said she enjoyed showing future boxing talents the ropes.
She said: “I’ve never really done anything like this before, but it’s been nice to come to a local school and get involved.”
The 18-year-old, who fights out of St Ives Gym, has had a successful year, and has now set her sights on representing her country in the European Championships.
“It’s been a busy year,” she said.
“I’ve had the England Youth Championships which I won, and hopefully I’ll be selected for the European Championships which are in September.
“It’s been a bit frustrating at times because of fights being called off because of people pulling out and injuries, but hopefully I’ll find out if I’ve been picked about a month before.”