POOLS GOLD! Town set to honour boxing champ Savannah

Savannah Marshall with her gold medal
Savannah Marshall with her gold medal

GOLDEN girl Savannah Marshall is set for some civic recognition from her home town after her super show in the Commonwealth Games.

The Poolie puncher returned to Hartlepool yesterday with a gold medal around her neck after seeing off the challenge of Canadian opponent Ariane Fortin in the final of the middleweight contest on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old – known in boxing
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 circles as The Silent Assassin - certainly has plenty to shout about after her heroics in the ring and her gold medal will take pride of place alongside the World title she won back in 2012.

And within minutes of her success, messages were flooding in on the mail’s website and facebook page heaping praise on the fighter.

As Savannah reflects on her success back at the family home, there looks like being another honour on the horizon after civic chiefs revealed plans are already in place to mark her achievements in Glasgow.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, was meeting with colleagues today to discuss how best to honour the Milbank Road boxer.

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “It’s early days, but we will be meeting Savannah and her family to pass on our congratulations and see what we can do to officially recognise her achievement.

“What Savannah did throughout the Games was phenomenal for the town. She has put Hartlepool on the map.

“In her interviews after her fights, she spoke of Hartlepool and couldn’t hide the fact she is proud of the town and her roots.

“Well we can tell her that Hartlepool is proud of her too. It is fitting that we mark her achievement with some sort of honour and we will be discussing that over the next few days.”

Savannah’s dad John Marshall has spent the last week in Glasgow with her mum Christine, brother Charlie and other family members.

For Saturday’s crunch clash, more than 50 people travelled north from Hartlepool to cheer on Savannah from ringside.

John said: “I can’t tell you how proud I am of her, we all are.

“When she won the world championships in China, we obviously weren’t there to see it.

“But to be ringside on Saturday to see her be presented with the gold medal and hear the anthem and see the flag being raised, I cannot describe it.

“Her uncle Joe Gales was in floods of tears. It brought tears to my eyes, it was the proudest moment of my life.”

John, a 54-year-old roofer, added: “I would like to thank everyone for their support, it has been overwhelming.

“We have hundreds of messages, both before and after the fight, and to see more than 50 people travel up from Hartlepool to be at the fight on Saturday means a lot to all of us, but especially Sav.

“There were 12,000 people in that arena all shouting for her, but the Poolies were the loudest of the lot of them!”