Reece a knock-out at college event

Reece McFadden shows off his medal to New College Lanarkshire dental students
Reece McFadden shows off his medal to New College Lanarkshire dental students

Commonwealth Games hero Reece McFadden fought back from injury to make New College Lanarkshire’s Health and Wellbeing Event a knockout.

The 19-year-old bronze medal-winning boxer joined fellow students in taking part in healthy living activities despite having broken his thumb during a recent bout.

The Motherwell flyweight demonstrated his footwork on the ‘Healthy n Happy Smoothie Bike’, weighed in at NL Leisure’s body composition machine and, along with fellow boxing fellow boxer Aqeel Ahmed, tried out hula hooping with Suzie Beith of Stakatto Blue Hula Hoops.

Reece is out of action after undergoing surgery at Wishaw General having been injured in a win over Lee Mitchell in Blackpool.

Reece said: “I still need to watch my weight even after breaking my thumb. I can’t let it creep up or I’ll struggle to get it back off.

“I’m not the type of person to be sitting about, but this injury has stopped me punching with both hands. It’s the first major injury I’ve had, apart from cuts above my eyes.

“It is quite hard to combine the study, the training and my work, sometimes I’ll have to take days off to do training camps or prepare for fights.”

Thousands of students participated in the event, staged across the Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld campuses.

Stalls were set up by a range of organisations including NL Leisure, Scottish Krav Maga Academy, Terrence Higgins Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust, SAMH, Stop Smoking Service, Caring for Carers and Alzheimer Scotland.

Now in his third year of a four-year joinery apprenticeship with housing maintenance firm Mears, Reece will soon be supported in his studies by Winning Students, the national sports scholarship programme funded by the Scottish Funding Council and managed by the University of Stirling.