THIS SUMMER’s Rio Olympics may well be too soon, but Solihull schoolgirl boxing starlet Elise Glynn is already eyeing the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
The 14-year-old has every reason to be ambitious after achieving a phenomenal ‘double’ – winning her first national title, and making her international debut.
Elise is the latest product of Solihull Boxing Club to achieve success at the national championships and represent her country. She fought for England in an international tournament against Wales in Cardiff, winning her bout against Kelsey Coleman in her under 54kg category.
Last weekend she became a national champion for the first time, beating Jessie Wrightson of Cheshire to take the gold medal. In the semi-final she beat former national champion and double international gold medallist Paige Goodyear.
“We are so proud of Elise, what she has achieved is outstanding,” said Paul Archer, head coach of Solihull Boxing Club. “She is an amazing talent, and proved this with her fantastic performances at the nationals in Sunderland.
“She has every chance of going as far as she wants to in the sport, and she has greatly impressed Amanda Coulson, the national coach, who told me she’s been blown away by Elise’s talent, and her fantastic attitude.”
Elise took up boxing two years ago after being inspired by the London Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams.
“She is a great role model, and if I can ultimately be as successful as Nicola I would be absolutely delighted,” said Elise. “I love boxing, and I really appreciate all the support and encouragement from Paul and Solihull Boxing Club.”
Another Solihull Olympic boxing hopeful is 15-year-old Josh Da Silva, who reached the national championship semis, losing out on a place in the final to the tightest of decisions.
“Josh is a fantastic prospect, like Elise, and we were all devastated for him that a narrow decision went against him,” said Paul added.
“But he’s overcome his disappointment and is now focused on learning from this experience and gaining strength from it. He is definitely another genuine Olympic prospect in the future.”