Boxing champ Savannah aims to pass on her skills

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World-conquering Savannah Marshall is helping to create a new generation of outstanding sporting talents in her hometown.

The first British female boxer ever to win a world title, and the current Commonwealth boxing champion, has become an athlete mentor at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

I believe that if you’re dedicated and motivated and have the will to achieve, then you will achieve your dreams - but I couldn’t have done it without HCFE

Savannah Marshall

Student athletes will benefit from world-beating knowledge and experience from Savannah who studied a BTEC National Diploma Sport & Exercise at the college, gaining a distinction.

She credits the flexible support she received while there as a major reason she was able to achieve her many accolades.

College lecturers worked with Savannah to make sure that she could continue studying flexibly while following her dream of representing her country at the highest possible level.

Now Savannah has returned to the college to inspire and educate the stars of the future as part of the College’s TeamHCFE programme.

TeamHCFE head coach and sports lecturer Ian Clark said: “We provide the highest level of support including individualised strength and conditioning programming, recovery and rehabilitation, and financial support with kit and equipment.

“Our aim is to support athletes to achieve both here at the college and in their chosen sport.

“Savannah is living proof that the very top is within reach for those willing to work hard to reach it, and her input and guidance will be huge for our students.”

Savannah is already helping boxing prospects Shelby Brazell and Sadie Thomas.

Savannah said: “I hope that, as we have followed very similar paths, my mentoring and experience will support Shelby and Sadie to win both in and out of the ring.”

Savannah added “I believe that if you’re dedicated and motivated and have the will to achieve, then you will achieve your dreams - but I couldn’t have done it without HCFE.”

She said she was “thrilled to back at the college, where it all started for me, helping in any way I can.”