Two Whitby boxers are going to compete for North Yorkshire in a prestigious match next week in the Isle of Man.
Callum Halley (16) – already a county finalist who has won three out of his four club bouts – and Ashley Whitefoot (15) found out this week about the coveted call-up.
Stewart Lorains, head coach at Whitby Boxing Club, is delighted for the pair and said both had the potential to go far in the sport.
“They could both win schoolboy titles,” he said.
“There is a competition where you box novice for 10 bouts nationally and hoping they both win them next year.
Whitefoot also boast an admirable record in club bouts at Whitby, claiming victory in six out of eight fights.
He was declared boxer of the night at the club’s recent major show at Whitby Pavilion. The pair go over to the Isle of Man on Wednesday.
“It’s marvellous for the club, absolutely fantastic news, “ said Mr Lorains.
“We’ve had lads boxing since April last year and to get two lads to represent Yorkshire, considering we’ve only been going a year, is marvellous. The discipline is good and the atmosphere good in the club – it is buzzing.”
There could be even more serious more talent emerging in the future.
“Some of the prospects of the nine to 10-year-olds here is frightening,” said Mr Lorains.
“It’s going to be great, we have a lot to look forward to.”
Whitby Boxing Club is still hoping to move into new premises at the old St Patrick’s Church building on Church Street, once the conservation committee has given the thumbs up for a change of use.
They are currently using the Eskmouth Scouts hall but cannot wait to have somewhere permanent.
“It will need a bit of work but will be our own home and that’s the difference, the kids can decorate it, put their own gear up and leave it up.”
Sessions are £1 each and held every Tuesday and Wednesday, 6pm to 7.15pm for nine to 15-year-olds, followed by the 16 to 40-year-olds and a mixed session on Fridays 6.30pm to 8pm.
Mr Lorains says he is grateful for the continuing support of the Whitby and District Lions and local businesses.