International Sporting Achievement Award

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TOP of the world. That’s Savannah Marshall, Hartlepool’s very own boxing world champion.

This super-talented 21-year-old created history when she became the first woman from Britain to take a world amateur boxing title.

And she did it the impressive way by beating a string of top rivals in the 2012 World Championships in Quinhuangdao, China with a tense 17-15 victory over Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan..

Along the way, her road to the title included wins against America’s unbeaten number one, a European champion and two boxers who were already world champions in their own right.

To cap it all, she lifted the title on her 21st birthday and then went on to fight in the London Olympics.

The former Sacred Heart and English Martyrs pupil, who started the sport at the age of 12 with the Headland Amateur Boxing Club, was a worthy winner of this year’s International Sporting Achievement Award.

She said: “It feels great to have won. I didn’t even know I had been nominated until about two weeks before so it was a bit of a shock.

“The past year has been a bit up and down so this is a bit of a bonus.”

It crowned a great night for boxing in Hartlepool with Tim Coulter, the man who runs the Headland Amateur Boxing club in Hartlepool, winning the Community Champion category. Its just reward for a man who lives and breathes boxing.

He produced champions such as Savannah as well as Mick Hadfield who won a silver medal at the world cadet championships.