Erin is inspiration for female boxers

Nik Brear

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A Sheffield schoolgirl, who caught the boxing bug after being inspired by London 2012, is hoping to inspire other females to get into the sport.

Erin Flanagan, of Killamarsh, first pulled on a pair of boxing gloves 18 months ago after falling in love with the sport on television.

Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan

The 13-year-old - who also dances and plays netball - started attending training sessions twice a week at the English Institute of Sport, the home of Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams.

Erin’s dad, Alan Sydes, said: “It’s been great to see Erin get into boxing and enjoy it so much. She’s always loved doing a bit of everything, both physically and academically, so it’s been very rewarding to see her add boxing to her repertoire.

“Even when she’s tired after school she still wants to go train. I don’t know how far she will go with it but the boxing has aided her physically and mentally – of course, she’s a confident girl but it just gives her an edge.”

EIS Sheffield is run by charity Sheffield City Trust, which recently launched the latest phase of its This Girl Can campaign, aimed at getting more females and girls into doing sport and physical exercise.

Alan said that Erin loves the concept and has even started taking other girls under her wing.

“The trainer is fantastic in that respect,” said Alan.

“He’s very inclusive and makes sure both boys and girls are involved in the sessions. It’d be great to see more females get into boxing.”

Throughout October, SCT is running This Girl Can adult ladies-only boxing sessions every Tuesday from 8pm, with the first session free.

Visit www.thisgirlcansheffield.co.uk for details.

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