Boxer’s Christmas wish

Charlie Flynn carried the Olympic torch, now he wants to box at the Games
Charlie Flynn carried the Olympic torch, now he wants to box at the Games
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FOR some people Christmas is all about presents, but there’s only one gift Newarthill boxer Charlie Flynn wants in his stocking this year – an acceptance letter from Team GB.

For the last four months the Royal Mail worker has been spending his time off training, competing and attending trials in Sheffield for a place in Team GB’s 2013 boxing squad.

The Glasgow Phoenix lightweight boxer ended his competitive season on a high, beating Kristian Touze on November 16 as Scotland took on the British Army boxing team in Hereford.

But the hard work didn’t finish there, with Flynn finishing trials on November 31 and the all-important letter expected to arrive any time after December 20.

With Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympics firmly in his sights, the 19-year-old is benefitting from being a member of the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes programme.

He admitted: “It’s an agonising wait. I’m rushing to the door every time I hear the letter box open.

“If I get on the team it will be a huge opportunity for me. For me the improvements in training facilities will be massive.

“The way I see it, this is the next logical step on my progression. I dream of winning Olympic gold one day and this is something I have to do to move closer to that.

“The Commonwealth Games are on the horizon and if I get in that squad I will be very likely to represent Scotland in Glasgow.”

Flynn has plenty of reason to be optimistic, having beaten current Team GB member and five-time British champion Zack Davies at the GB Amateur Boxing Championship in May.

The former Scottish champion added: “With the 2012 Olympics over, it’s an open field and everyone has an opportunity.

“I know I can get in the ring and beat anyone I’m up against.

“If I get this Team GB spot I think the sky will be the limit because it opens so many doors.”

Bank of Scotland Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, has supported 170 of Scotland’s most talented developing athletes on their journey towards London 2012. As part of Bank of Scotland’s commitment to leaving a sporting legacy, the programme will continue in 2013. Follow future stars at facebook.com/bankofscotlandlocalheroes

SIX local fighters have been called up to box for Scotland in an international match against England on Saturday.

Viewpark ABC’s Thomas Logan, Lewis Hay from Keir Hardie ABC, Newarthill ABC pair Stephen Newns and Paul Burns and Forgewood ABC fighters Ryan Mullen and John Stevenson will all take part in the competition at the Ravenscraig regional sports complex. All are aged between 14 and 16.