Ian Harrison, a mini bus driver for The Skills Company at The Greater Manchester SkillCentre on Trafford Park took a team of males from Droylsden ABC and a team of females from the North West Region Women Warriors boxing team to the Eindhoven Box Cup in The Netherlands, from 13th - 16th May 2016.
The team consisted of four females Lindsey Buczynskyj (Halliwell ABC-Bolton), Michelle Klich (Ashton Albion ABC-Tameside), Sarah Dunne (Bury ABC-Bury) and Rosie Flatman (Fit2XL ABC-Blackburn) alongside three males, Zak Miller, Gerard Shaw and Jay Cornforth who previously attended a range of courses at the multi-purpose Greater Manchester SkillCentre on Trafford Park.
All of the boxers competed against a range of opponents from across the globe, including The Netherlands, Indonesia, Germany, Russia, Luxembourg and Scotland. Recognising the achievements and skills of the young people and Ian's dedication to supporting young people in boxing, The Skills Company sponsored both teams via the supply of branded T-shirts and merchandise.
Two of the male boxers, Zak and Ged, lost on disputed points decisions, to the eventual winners of their weight class (Elites), the other male boxer Jay won his quarter final but lost his semi-final again to the eventual winner of the class, securing himself a well deserved bronze medal.
Three of the four girls Michelle, Sarah and Rosie competed in the finals, all winning their bouts and achieving gold medals. Lindsey lost her semi-final on a hotly disputed points decision, to the eventual winner of her weight class, meaning she too gained a well deserved bronze medal.
Overall the team returned home with an excellent collection of medals after a very successful trip to Holland! Well done to all involved and to Ian Harrison for his long-term support and dedication to young people in the boxing world.