Community champion

TIM Coulter has certainly produced plenty of champions in his lifetime in the boxing world.

But the 46-year-old, who tirelessly runs the Headland Amateur Boxing club in Hartlepool, is now a title holder himself.

Tim Coulter pictured with Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates.

Tim Coulter pictured with Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates.

He is our Pride of Hartlepool Community Champion. It’s just reward for a man who lives and breathes boxing.

Yet he remains the ultimate in reluctant heroes. He admitted: “I did not expect to be nominated and when they said I’d won, my head dropped because I knew I’d have to get up on stage in front of everyone!

“It is nice to win but I am not the sort of person who puts themself in front of a big crowd.”

Tim was formerly a light middleweight boxer and rose through the ranks as he fought from the age of 11 to his early 20s, reaching the ABA championships.

Then he called it a day on his own competitive career and turned to running a boxing club.

Since those early days in 1997, he has gone on to produce champions such as Savannah Marshall, Britain’s first ever female amateur world boxing champion, and Mick Hadfield who won a silver medal at the world cadet championships.

But he was still stunned at lifting a trophy himself and said: “I don’t do this to win awards. I do it for the love of helping people and seeing them do well.”