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MAC­CLES­FIELD Boys’ Box­ing Club head coach Kevin Brad­bury caught up with one of his for­mer charges when he took a trip to the home of Bri­tish Olympic box­ing.

Nathan Gor­man, who suc­cess­fully rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain in the Youth World Cham­pi­onships in Bul­garia last year, boxed in MBBC colours for four years as a young­ster.

He was also vic­to­ri­ous last Fe­bru­ary in the Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships, tak­ing the su­per­heavy­weight ABA ti­tle in Wors­ley.

And this week he wel­comed Kevin to his cur­rent base, the ul­tra­im­pres­sive English In­sti­tute of Sport.

Nathan is now with South Cheshire ABC and is de­vel­op­ing his abil­i­ties, spar­ring with the likes of Frazer Clark and Joe Joyce, who are cur­rently the top two su­per-heavy­weights in Bri­tain.

What was clear to the coach is that Nathan’s fu­ture is in his own hands and he’s tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten and take on board ev­ery­thing he is be­ing taught.

He re­ceives the best pos­si­ble back­ing, with strength and con­di­tion­ing coaches and nu­tri­tional ad­vis­ers on tap.

Kevin said: “I was made to feel very wel­come by Bob Dil­lon (Great Bri­tain coach and lead podium po­ten­tial coach) and he also took time to talk about Nathan and how he is pro­gress­ing in his de­vel­op­ment.

“He spoke very highly of Nathan with re­gards his abil­ity and per­son­al­ity which is good to hear.”

Kevin also got a chance to cast an en­vi­ous eye around the world class fa­cil­ity that boasts seven rings – three of which are Olympic size – and nu­mer- ous pieces of ap­pa­ra­tus that are used to help hone mem­bers’ box­ing skills.

“The fa­cil­ity was bril­liant and cer­tainly an eye opener,” added Kevin.

“It showed that with the right fi­nan­cial support and back­ing in or­der to be the best in the world you need the best fa­cil­i­ties.

“Make no mis­take, that is what th­ese kids have over in Sh­effield; it’s such an hon­our to have a what was a young im­pres­sion­able kid that came through our door is now a young adult.

“At 18 years of age he’s made it to the podium po­ten­tial squad – that’s fan­tas­tic and all of the coaches are re­ally proud of Nathan and his achieve­ments.”

It’s hoped Nathan will make a re­turn to Mac­cles­fi­ueld Boys’ Box­ing Club next week­end for the club’s an­nual showcase.

Many top fight­ers have been at ring­side for the events, and this year’s which is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 6 at Wilm­slow Leisure Cen­tre, should be no dif­fer­ent.

As a Great Bri­tain podium boxer he is no longer al­lowed to com­pete at club level or he would have been lac­ing up the gloves to put on another dis­play as he has done pre­vi­ously in re­cent years.

But there’ll be plenty of ri­ung ac­tion to excite fight fans. To get your ticket visit the cen­tre or call 07984 387419. BEST friends Holly Burke and Lot­tie Den­nett could not be sep­a­rated when it came to se­lec­tion for the Cheshire un­der-13 team.

The King’s Ju­nior Depart­ment duo will both proudly don the Cheshire Wheat­sheaf in the forth­com­ing in­ter­county se­ries.

Eleven-year-old Holly (left of pic­ture) from Gawsworth, is a res­o­lute, left-sided de­fender on whom op­po­si­tion at­tacks in­vari­ably crum­ble, while Lot­tie, also 11, from Glos­sop, is an in­tel­li­gent play­maker with in­ci­sive pass­ing and tough tack­ling skills.

Holly said: “We are best friends in school and best friends on the pitch,” while Lot­tie added: “I’m just glad we both got se­lected be­cause we would not have wanted the other to have been left out.”

Both girls have been key fig­ures in King’s Ju­nior Di­vi­sion’s un­beaten start to the sea­son, in which they won all three of their un­der 11 fix­tures.

They both said: “We would love to play for Great Bri­tain at the Olympics, but re­ally we just want to be as good as we pos­si­bly can be.”

Holly added: “My favourite player is Sarah Hop­kin, who is our hockey coach at King’s and plays for Bow­don.”

Lot­tie added: “She’s bril­liant and a great in­spi­ra­tion, I just hope I can be that good some day.”

●● Mac­cles­field Boys’ Box­ing Club head coach Kevin Brad­bury met up with Nathan Gor­man at Sh­effield’s English In­sti­tute of Sport

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