Students off to the Olympics

A group of students from Dearne Valley College are off to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Pictured are: (back row, L-R) Tom Stalker, Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell, (front row, L-R) Natasha Jonas, Savannah Marshall and Charlie Edwards.
A group of students from Dearne Valley College are off to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Pictured are: (back row, L-R) Tom Stalker, Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell, (front row, L-R) Natasha Jonas, Savannah Marshall and Charlie Edwards.
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A group of fitness students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) will be boxing for Britain in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Training at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (EISS), the six college students have been selected to represent Great Britain (GB) in the male 48kg, 56kg, 64kg, 91kg categories and the female 60kg and 75kg boxing categories.

After being selected, the team consisting of Charlie Edwards, 19, from London, Luke Campbell, 24, from Hull, Tom Stalker, 28, from Liverpool, Anthony Joshua, 22, from London, Natasha Jonas, 28, from Liverpool and Savannah Marshall, 21, from Hartlepool are all now off to compete in the games during August 2012.

The students train with the GB Boxing Team at the EISS and study Level 2 and Level 3 fitness qualifications with the Wath-based college.

DVC sport and physical recreation tutor, Mick Blythe, said: “Apart from wishing every boxer good luck for London 2012, I also wish to thank Rob McCracken, GB boxing performance director, Dan Salcedo, performance lifestyle advisor and the entire GB Boxing Team for their help and professionalism during the last two years and hope to work with them again soon.”

He said that throughout their studies the boxers also impressed with their professional attitude and amicable personalities.

Since 2010, DVC has helped 16 members of the British Olympic Boxing team qualify as fitness instructors - many of whom have qualified for London 2012 and have high hopes of winning medals.

Although many of the boxers have plans to continue fighting after London 2012, the ones that do not will be able to use the qualifications to work in the fitness industry, giving them opportunity to pass on their knowledge and experience to others.