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“Boxing has helped me grow in confidence”



Team GB athlete Simran Kaur says boxing has helped shape her self-belief, in and out of the ring

It started as a hobby when, aged 12, Simran Kaur put on a pair of boxing gloves for the first time. Five years later, she’d landed herself a place in the British boxing squad. Now 19, she says, “I didn’t expect this to happen, but I enjoyed boxing, then started competing nationally before being selected for internatio­nal competitio­ns.” Every other week, Simran, who’s from Telford, travels to the GB boxing training base in Sheffield where she has a strict schedule. “We wake up at 7am, weigh ourselves, then head for the running track to do a variety of sprints,” she explains. “After breakfast, we’re in the gym for strength and conditioni­ng and in the afternoon we’re back in the gym.” She sticks to a diet of porridge with fruit for breakfast, chicken and rice for lunch and some protein with vegetables and a small portion of carbs for dinner. Simran’s husband, Raheem Muhammed, is a profession­al boxer too: “It’s great for us as we’ll eat well together and train together.” For Simran, the sport has done more than just earn her a place in the GB team. “I was quite timid and shy when I was younger, whereas now I’m growing in confidence,” she says. “You see people on social media with a six-pack and it can make you envious, but boxing has helped me a lot with body positivity, and exercise makes me feel happier and more energised.”

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