Lochaber Phoenix Club boxer wins place in Euro­pean school­boy team

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

LOCHABER Phoenix Club boxer Cameron Whyte, fresh from be­com­ing GB school­boy cham­pion a fort­night ago, re­ceived more good news last week­end when he was of­fi­cially named as one of a four-strong team to rep­re­sent Scot­land at the Euro­pean School­boy Cham­pi­onships.

Al­though only 14 years old, Cameron has great pedi­gree, hav­ing been Scot­tish cham­pion for four years and now the reign­ing GB cham­pion. His achieve­ments are such that he has won ev­ery sin­gle cham­pi­onships he has ever en­tered on the Bri­tish main­land.

This won’t be his first visit to the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, to be held in Za­greb in Croa­tia over eight days be­gin­ning next week­end, hav­ing reached the quar­ter-fi­nals last year when the tour­na­ment was held in Rus­sia.

The Lochaber young­ster re­ally pushes him­self to the limit in his quest for suc­cess. Three morn­ings a week he is up be­fore 7am for sprints and is in the box­ing gym for six ses­sions a week.

These ses­sions in­cor­po­rate tech­ni­cal and open spar­ring, bag work, pad work, floor ex­er­cises, core strength work and tech­ni­cal shadow box­ing.

By the time he leaves for Croa­tia, Cameron will have trav­elled to the Box­ing Scot­land high per­for­mance gym in Glas­gow six times in the three weeks prior to leav­ing for squad train­ing with the Scot­land team.

His ded­i­ca­tion to his sport is not con­fined to his train­ing as he takes par­tic­u­lar care with his diet and has held his weight for four months through healthy eat­ing.

The rea­son there is such a small squad go­ing to these cham­pi­onships is that, be­cause of the high cost of trav­el­ling to such a pres­ti­gious event, only box­ers be­lieved to have a chance of win­ning medals have been se­lected.

The Scot­land camp has high hopes of Cameron do­ing well due to his tal­ent and prepa­ra­tion but, of course, with the judg­ing be­ing sub­jec­tive due to the na­ture of the scor­ing he will also have to rely on a lit­tle luck to help make his as­pi­ra­tions be­come re­al­ity.

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