North Lindsey College Student Wins World Championship Bout
Sport student, Gemma Richardson (17) has been crowned AIBA World Champion Youth Boxer 2018 at Budapest’s Duane Arena, Hungary.
North Lindsey College is proud to welcome Gemma back to the classroom following her AIBA Women's Youth World Championship bout. Gemma is not only now a World Champion but also a sport student and advocate of the College’s Boxing Academy.
Ian Hamilton (North Lindsey College Curriculum Leader in Sport and Uniformed Services) said, “As a department we are so proud of Gemma’s achievements. She is such a dedicated and disciplined individual who gets up early and completes her training before coming into College. She is so focused in representing team GB at the Olympics and has set herself clear targets. She combines her studies and her boxing extremely well and has all the attributes to work within the fitness/boxing industry. Last academic year Gemma delivered boxing coaching sessions to NLC learners at Scunthorpe Boxing club giving learners across the College the opportunity to see how physically fit and how demanding the Sport of Boxing is. We look forward to welcoming Gemma back this year as she enrols on L3 Personal Training and we will continue to support her combine her academic studies with her training and competitions. Once again a huge congratulations from everyone within the Sport and Uniformed Services department to Gemma Richardson - World Champion.”
Gemma says that she will be able to handle the pressure that comes with being a world champion, “It gives me loads of confidence” she said. “You need that bit of pressure to make sure you are training hard and staying on top of things. But to be the best you cannot let the pressure get to you or you will lose before you even get in the ring but you need a bit to keep you training hard.”
“It is a massive achievement to win and took a couple of days afterwards. But I am over the moon and can’t believe it.”
Gemma’s Dad and Coach, Andy Richardson, was delighted with her achievement stating, “Gemma is only the second England boxer to win a world youth title so this is an amazing achievement for her. Gemma went in very confident especially after winning the last 2 years European championships and going in to the world championships as one of the names to watch for on her performances; she certainly delivered.”
Gemma had an intensive eleven week training camp to prepare her for the biggest tournament of her career before travelling to Budapest, Hungary which involved a six night stay and four fights. A report from the Women’s Light Welter (64kg) defined the final as, ‘A brilliant Women’s Light Welterweight Final unraveled between India’s Manisha and England’s Gemma Richardson, two technically excellent boxers who clearly thrived on the big stage as they delivered three rounds of pure entertainment. Richardson has truly found her space, and despite Manisha’s incredible evasive maneuvers, it was the English who found the perfect range and rhythm to deliver herself a richly deserved gold.’ (AIBA, 2018)
“Gemma is looking to compete at the Commonwealth Games on home soil and then the Olympics in 2024.” said Andy Richardson.
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