Big hit with Olympic champion

Big hit with Olympic champion

A student from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) met Olympic super heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua during an England training camp.

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Craig attended the event at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), in Sheffield, with other members of the national female boxing team.

A highlight was meeting 2012 Olympic super heavyweight champion and now professional world heavyweight title challenger, Anthony Joshua, who was training at the EIS before his IBF World title contest against Charles Martin later this month.

Natalie trained with the national coaching team, headed up by four times ABA national champion, three times European silver medallist and Great Britain champion, Amanda Coulson.

Her punishing schedule included early morning runs, sparring, punch bag and pad work.

Natalie, who studies level three public services at SGS, said: “I am exhausted but had a great time. I learned so much and look forward to hopefully competing for England soon.”

SGS head of boxing Craig Turner, who was one of the coaches on the day, said: “It was an honour to coach the team and see the wealth of female talent our nation has.”