NEXT stop the Olympics. The proud family of Hartlepool boxing hero Savannah Marshall are on their way to the capital as the 21-year-old is set to begin her quest for Olympic glory.
Dozens of family, friends, neighbours and teammates at the Headland Boxing Gym gathered at Savannah’s family home with one message for the world champion: “Best of luck Savannah, you will do us all proud.”
Savannah’s biggest supporters then packed their bags for a week in the capital ahead of their trip down the country in the Headland Boxing Gym’s minibus.
It is now just two days until Savannah opens her account at the Games on Monday. And her proud parents, John and Christine, both 52, said they can’t wait.
Christine, also mum of Amanda, 34, and Charlie, 19, said: “Savannah’s dream has always been to qualify for the Olympics and she’s living that dream.
“She is absolutely loving it down there and you always know with Savannah that come Monday she will give absolutely everything she’s got.”
John said: “We are all excited now, this is what it’s all about. The support she is getting in Hartlepool is unbelievable.
“Everywhere we go we have people stopping us and wishing Savannah luck.”
John and Christine will be joined by around 30 family members and friends for the trip to London where Savannah is having the “time of her life. I spoke to her after the opening ceremony last week and she said she has never felt anything like it,” added Christine.
“She’s been to watch some of the swimming and the boxing this week and she is absolutely loving it.
“But she said that all she wants to do now is get in the ring herself.”
And as excited as they feel now, Savannah’s parents admit the nerves will kick in on Monday morning.
“That’s when it starts,” said John.
“Right now I can’t wait but the nerves will kick in on the morning of the fight. But she’s more than ready for it.”
Charlie said: “I love watch Savannah box but seeing her in a home Olympics is going to be unbelievable.”