England women’s boxing star Lisa Whiteside is set to provide inspiration to youngsters in Lancashire at a Sportivate project this month that is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ free coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.
Currently ranked number 3 in the world at 51kg Lisa is one of Britain’s top female boxers and is a four times England champion. Lisa represented England at the women’s world championships in China in 2012, winning a bronze medal, a remarkable achievement considering at this time she was still working full time as a police officer. Lisa joined the GB boxing programme as a full time athlete in 2013, most recently winning a silver medal at the world championships in 2014.
Lisa will be visiting the Sportivate boxing project in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion.
The session will take place at Larches and Savick Boxing Academy on January 22nd 7:00 – 8:00pm thanks to Lancashire Sports Partnership, who provide Sportivate funding in the area on behalf of Sport England.
Lisa is excited about attending so that she can help the young people participating raise their own aspirations. Lisa said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate project in Lancashire.
“I cannot wait to help them get them into sport and share my experience of proudly representing England”.
“Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about.”