Hard Hitting Shauna Gunning For England Call-Up
A talented female boxer, who studies and trains at East Durham College in Peterlee, has just returned victorious from her first ever international bout.
Shauna-Leigh Taylor, 17, from Hetton, took part in The Golden Girl Championship, held on 3rd to 5th February in Borås, Sweden, as part of the Tyne Tees and Wear boxing team, and she took the 51kg title.
Shauna, who studies on a Level 3 Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness course at the college, took on an opponent from Ireland in a 4-round bout to claim the medal by a unanimous point decision.
Shauna said: “I was a bit worried about fighting overseas for the first time, and the travel and food, but everything was fantastic.
“Despite having to lose a kilo, I felt mega fit and in great shape.
“It was great to fight someone from another country for the first time as it has helped me learn how to deal with a different fighting style.”
And Shauna now has a very busy couple of months that could see her really burst on to the female boxing scene.
Firstly, she has been selected to compete in the England Boxing 2017 Youth Championships being held this Friday and over the weekend at Magna in Sheffield.
She has also been identified as part of the England ABA Talent Development squad and invited to the selection camp later this month to try out for the team to go to the EUBC European Women Youth and Junior Championships 2017 being held in Turkey this September.
Finally, she has also been picked for a selection camp to see if she qualifies to represent England in the Youth Commonwealth Games 2017 being held in The Bahamas this summer.
As well as her studies at the college, Shauna is part of the college’s highly successful elite boxing scholarship programme - run by highly-respected boxing coach David Binns.
Dave said: “Shauna has shown a great application to her boxing and training.
“Her work in the gym has been first-class, and given her height and style she has the makings of a really silky fighter.
“If she wins down at Sheffield this weekend the world should really open up for her, it’s an amazing opportunity for her.”
For more information about sports courses and our sports scholarships at East Durham College, please check out the sports courses section of the website and the sports academies section or contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.