Boxing Coach Damien Grant takes a look back over the past year.
2018 has been another successful year for Bridlington Boxing club.
In its firs full year since the move to the sports centre on Gypsey Road the club has seen its membership increase dramatically with around 100 different users accessing the open boxing sessions. The club also currently has around 20 competitive boxers, competing up and down the country on a regular basis as well as further afield.
January to March
Early in the year Jack Marshall reached the National semi-finals of the Junior Boxing championships and could consider himself unlucky not to make it through to the countries top two after a rather close split decision. In the same championship Emily Asquith lifted her third national title after a second round TKO victory in the final.
In March the club held one of its bi-annual shows which saw around 15 Bridlington boxers in action in front of a bumper crowd at the CYP centre.
The show saw debut contests for Lewis Shields and Bailey Jarvis with Bridlington regular George Johnson topping the bill. This show was a special one which saw the unveiling of the Phil Blakeston memorial belt after the recent passing of Phil who was a keen supporter and sponsor of the club. The inaugural awards was given to Arlen Smith after a quality performance on the night.
April to August
In the back end of the boxing season the club continued to grow and build with boxers competing on a regular basis all over the country and beyond.
Three boxers; Arlen Smith, Jack Marshall and Emily Asquith travelled to Dublin for the Monkstown Box Cup, the largest of its kind inside of Europe, with boxers attending from all over the world. The Bridlington boxers returned home with two bronze medals and a gold with all boxers showing their worth on an international stage.
September – December
A new boxing season saw new challenges ahead. The club’s second show of the season came in early October with yet again another 15 Bridlington boxers in action and opposition coming from all over the country to compete. Another two debuts on this show for Alfie Ratcliffe who took to the ring in a skills bout and Coby Scotter claimed victory in his first competitive contest. Aaron Boyes made a comeback on the show after nearly 5 years out of the ring and won in emphatic style to earn the Phil Blakeston Memorial Belt.
The bill was once again topped by George Johnson in another exciting senior contest.
Absent from the show was Emily Asquith who was otherwise engaged during the event. She was in Russia with her England team mates for the European championships. After coming through all opposition she came home with a gold medal and crowned champion of Europe.
As the club looks to enjoy the festive holiday period the boxers continue to train right up until Christmas and start again early in January 2019 with more competitions and championships planned as well as another boxing show at the CYP centre planned for 9th March 2019.
The club is open to anyone from the age of 7 years upwards and anyone interested in getting involved can find out more details by calling the centre on 01262 609788.