Sheffield boxer targets Olympics for GB

Dalton Smith
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Amateur prospect Dalton Smith has become the first Sheffield boxer to be selected to be part of the Great Britain Podium Potential squad - hopefully a fast-track towards Olympic stardom.

It means the 17-year-old fighter from Woodhouse, Sheffield, is now publicly funded to help him concentrate solely on his sport and reach the top.

He is the youngest member of the 30-strong GB programme, under Rob McCracken, who was head coach of the British boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.

Smith said: “It has been a dream since I started competing to get a place on this elite level squad, it was a really nice Christmas gift.

“The year 2014 saw me step up to another level and I won silver medal in the European championships in October.

“The funding is not a fortune but it is a big help for me do the intensive training - you can have three or four sessions a day with the GB squad - feed myself and get the physiotherapy I need.

“Now I have to keep winning for England, Great Britain and eventually try to make my way towards the Olympic Games in either Rio de Janeiro (2016) or Tokyo (2020.”