The Univeristy of Brighton’s Boxing Team returned home from the Gatorade Championships in Sheffield with four gold and one silver medal.
From a field of approximately 6,000 athletes competing in 12 different disciplines last weekend, the Eastbourne-based Boxing Club were one of only a few teams to return with any accolades.
The biggest event of this kind was launched last Friday by Team GB athletes Joanne Jackson and Iwan Thomas, with the University of Brighton competing in Athletics, Badminton, Fencing, Swimming and Boxing.
Boxing was the only team to return to the South Coast with medals, starting with Alexandra Frost and Amber Withers, who won their under-52kg and under-67kg category respectively. Also in the women’s competition, Lucy Kent only lost her final fight in under-64kg rank.
Men’s finals saw Lee Jenkins claiming gold in the under-75kg category and Max Wicks winning in under-71 kg.
Adam Haniver, their coach, said, “I think the fact we have arrived with impact upon the university scene is down to the variedtraining methods we use.
“We apply a holistic approach to training, developing the boxers technically, tactically, physically and mentally; we don’t leave any stone unturned.”
As BUCS ( British Universities & Colleges Sport) league season comes to an end, the university are hoping to see more success stories like this in other sports’ finals over the next few weeks. University of Brighton is currently ranked 36th among 147 institutions in Great Britain.