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GB female boxing star to inspire youngsters in Cumbria

May 31, 2016

GB boxing star Lisa Whiteside is set to inspire young people in Cumbria at a Sportivate Boxing project in July that is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Lisa is one of Britain’s top female boxers and is a four times England champion. She represented England at the women’s world championships in 2012, winning a bronze medal, a remarkable achievement considering she was still working full time as a police officer. Lisa joined the GB boxing programme as a full time athlete in 2013, won a silver medal at the world championships in 2014 and is the current ABA champion

Lisa will be visiting the Sportivate Boxing Sport project in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion.

The session will take place at University of Cumbria, Fusehill Campus, Carlisle, CA1 2HH on July 20th at 12.15pm This has been organised by Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, which is one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England, and is part of Cumbria County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Service.  Active Cumbria provide the Sportivate funding in Cumbria on behalf of Sport England.

Lisa said: “I’m really looking forward to supporting the Sportivate Boxing Sport project at the University of Cumbria. I cannot wait to encourage the young people and share my experience of proudly competing at elite level for Great Britain. Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about. I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”

Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

Active Cumbria Development Officer Russell Maddams said: “Having a Sporting Champion of Lisa Whiteside profile coming to Carlisle, University of Cumbria campus to support the Sportivate Boxing session will prove a massive boost in promoting the Boxing sessions to the inactive student population at the University and as a female role model will hopefully inspire more young females to come along and join in with the Sportivate sessions that are open to all the students at the University free of charge”.

Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see Lisa helping to inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may never have tried before.

Our Sportivate programme is all about listening to young people and putting on taster sessions in a sport of their choice to help them make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”

Figures published in April 2014 have revealed that Sportivate has retained 357,789 young people and therefore exceeded its four year target a year early.