STEPH Kernachan admits that the first time she arrived at Newarthill Amateur Boxing Club she was so scared she could barely go through the door.
The Holytown teenager was keen to take up the sport, but her courage almost deserted her at the prospect of walking into the all-male clubhouse.
That was three years ago and now, at the age of 18, Kernachan has developed to such an extent that she is in the first ever Scottish women’s squad and is eyeing a national title.
Her emergence as a real talent comes as Amateur Boxing Scotland launches a campaign to encourage and develop more female boxers with the 2016 Olympics in mind. Women’s boxing has seen an upsurge in interest worldwide in recent years and will actually be included in the Olympics for the first time in London next year.
Kernachan has fought eight times so far, including bouts in Germany and Sweden, and her record reads six wins and two defeats.
She is due to compete in the Scottish Championship semis at Coatbridge this weekend with the finals to come at the end of the month.
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