TAK­ING ON THE WORLD

Girls head for cham­pi­onships in In­dia

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Marc McLean

Two box­ers with Ruther­glen ties are set to make his­tory at the women’s world cham­pi­onships. Stephanie Ker­nachan and Vicky Glover will com­pete at the Elite Fe­male World Cham­pi­onships in Delhi, In­dia – a first for Scot­land. Never be­fore has Scot­land been rep­re­sented on this huge stage among the world’s best. Stephanie, 26, and Vicky, 19, will be joined by Scot­tish team-mate Megan Reid and the trio are ready to make a knock­out im­pres­sion. “This is his­to­ry­mak­ing stuff,” said Stephanie, who used to live in Dry­burgh Av­enue but now stays in Castlemilk. “It’s the first time that Scot­tish women have boxed at this level.

“I’m al­ways push­ing my­self to go as far as I can in box­ing, and hope­fully we can all do well so that Scot­tish women com­pet­ing in th­ese big events be­comes a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence go­ing for­ward.”

Vicky Glover, 19, is the cur­rent Bri­tish cham­pion at 57kgs and was un­lucky not to pick up a medal at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games. She be­gan her box­ing ca­reer with Durie’s Gym in Ruther­glen.

The women are now train­ing hard for the world cham­pi­onships, which will be held in Delhi from Novem­ber 15-24.

Box­ing Scot­land an­nounced last week that Stephanie, Vicky and Megan will be the debu­tant Team Scot­land at the cham­pi­onships.

A state­ment re­leased by the or­gan­i­sa­tion read: “Box­ing Scot­land are de­lighted to an­nounce that they will be send­ing three fe­males to the World Elite Cham­pi­onships to be held in Delhi in Novem­ber.

“Stephanie Ker­nachan 51kgs, Vicky Glover 57kgs and Megan Reid 64kgs. This is Box­ing Scot­land’s first ever par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Elite Fe­male World Cham­pi­onships.”

Stephanie, who trains with Cle­land Box­ing ABC, has won the Scot­tish ti­tle five times, twice at 51kg, twice at 54kg and once at 57kg.

She also be­came the first Scot­tish fe­male to win a Bri­tish ti­tle in 2015 and re­ceived fund­ing from Sportscot­land.

Stephanie is now com­pet­ing at 51kg and is cur­rently train­ing seven days per week.

Vicky was called up to Team GB for the World Youth Cham­pi­onships in 2017 and was part of Team Scot­land at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games, where she made the quar­ter fi­nals. She has pro­gressed from the youth setup and this is Vicky’s first year fight­ing as a se­nior.

Megan, 28, trains with Leith Vic­to­ria Club in Ed­in­burgh and fights at 64kg.

She claimed the Scot­tish ti­tle at her weight and went on to take sil­ver at GB level both in 2017.

Pack­ing a punch Stephanie Ker­nachan, with Megan Reid and Vicky Glover, in­set

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