City boxing club gets London Olympics legacy boost

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THE London Olympics hoped to have a lasting legacy on sport participation in the United Kingdom and one Wakefield club is already taking full advantage.

White Rose Boxing Club, at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, has seen an influx of interest on the back of the success of London 2012, and in particular British boxers.

Games fever swept the nation and gold-medal winning boxers such as Nicola Adams, from Leeds, and heavyweight Anthony Joshua, were among the highlights of Team GB’s numerous successes in the capital.

‘Inspire a generation’ was the London 2012 motto and White Rose coach John Hall says there’s been big interest in the club following the Olympic success.

“I’ve had a few e-mails from people who’ve been inspired by the Olympics and want to come down to the club,” he said.

“I thought there’d be some after the Olympics and the boxing in particular was so successful.

“The gym has been busy over the last few months. It’s the off season and some clubs close for a few months, but we’ve stayed open through the week and lots of people have been down, people who are regulars at the club but also a few people who’ve just started down here.”

Team GB won three gold, one silver and one bronze medal in London to top the medal count in boxing.

As well as Adams - the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing - and Joshua boxing clever to claim the top prize, Hull’s Luke Reynolds also returned to Yorkshire with a gold medal around his neck.

Fred Evans won a silver medal and Anthony Ogogo took bronze to complete Britain’s impressive medal haul.

Hall will be hoping the Olympic success in the capital helps to inspire his carded boxers to success in the ring next season, which starts in October.

And the experienced coach is also preparing his boxers for a home event at Lightwaves, to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

“The gym’s now open for all our carded boxers to come down and resume training,” he said.

“Preparations are now starting for our home event.”

White Rose Boxing Club is open from Monday to Thursday from 6pm-8pm.

For more information on White Rose Boxing club and how to join contact coach John Hall on 07774 60394.

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