Awards night packs a punch

Members of Tootill Amateur Boxing Club
Members of Tootill Amateur Boxing Club

A BOXING club set up in memory of a marine who died in a car crash celebrated its young stars and coaches during its first presentation night.

Tootill Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) held its first-ever presentation night at Trimdon Grange Club.

Michelle Robinson, a coach with the Trimdon Colliery-based club said: “It was an amazing first presentation night.

“We gave all our boxers with their medical cards a trophy and then gave all up and coming boxers a medal.”

The group was set up in May 2010 by top coach Alan Robinson and his son Brian, along with David Cook.

Alan, 64, died after a four-year battle with liver cancer in March last year, just three weeks after being told he also had a brain tumour.

The club, which is registered with the Tyne Tees and Wear Amateur Boxing Association, is now run by volunteers Brian and David and David’s partner Michelle Robinson, who have vowed to continue Alan’s legacy.

The club ended the season with two skills bouts under their belts, 21 losses and 23 wins, after having 173 people through the gym doors.

This was compared to the previous season, which saw 12 losses and six wins with 103 people through the doors.

 The trophies were presented by Derek Booth, from Trimdon Colliery, who owns Direct Carpets above the gym and lets the club use his rooms for free.

 The Alan Robinson Shield was presented by Alan’s widow, Ethelwyn, to Tom Summerbell, from Trimdon Village, who also won The Boxers’ Award 2012, the trophy voted for by all the club.

 The Coaches’ Award 2012 was presented to Daniel Pettler, from Thornley.

 The David Tootill Memorial Award Shield for the boxer who has trained the hardest and boxed the easiest went to Aidan Whiting, from Wingate.

The club will be hosting the David Tootill Memorial Boxing Show at Wingate Social Club on November 8 and the Alan Robinson Memorial Show in March next year.

 The club was originally set up in memory of Royal Marine David Tootill, 29, from Jasmine Crescent, Trimdon Village, who was killed in a road smash on the C26 Harrap Road, near the village, in November 2008.

He had trained with the club’s coaches in his younger years.