Messages of support have flooded in for Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall as the Olympic Games get underway.
Savannah is representing the town – and the country – in Rio, with the women’s 75kg boxing event getting underway on Sunday, Augsut 14.
She will be hoping for a better Olympic experience after 2012 ended in disappointment, and is looking to repeat her gold medal-winning performances from the 2012 World Championship and 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The town appears to have got fully behind the 25-year-old as she aims to fulfil one of her major ambitions.
On the Mail’s Facebook page, over 100 good luck messages were left.
Darren Anderson posted: “Here’s hoping the Poolie puncher pounces again and brings the gold back to Hartlepool. Good luck Savannah the town’s rooting for you.”
Here’s hoping the Poolie puncher pounces again and brings the gold back to Hartlepool.Darren Anderson
Cath Leslie added: “Good luck Savannah, wishing you well from the Leslie family xx”
Briony Drummond said: “Come on England!! All the best Savannah!! To have come this far you’re a star already!!”
Wendy Addison posted: “Aww good luck Savannah, the whole of the town will be backing you young lady, go and do yourself proud. xx”
Debbie Bell added: “Good luck Savannah, you are making the whole of Hartlepool proud with what you have achieved already go girl love Debbie and Ray xxxx”
Christine Fish said: “All the very best Savannah proud time for you your family and Hartlepool x”
Messages came in from as far afield as Australia.
Christy Drummond posted: “Good luck from oz!!!! X x”
Colin Bartholomew added: “Good luck from Australia.”
Most were from Hartlepool, though, and they made it clear how proud they are of Savannah, whatever happens in Rio.
Lynne Hamilton posted: “Go Savannah, Hartlepool (is) behind you all the way xx You can do it xx”
Lynne Hayes added: “Good luck Savannah, go get that medal, we’ll be cheering you on.”
Colin Reed said: “Good luck girl bring us the gold back.”
Avril Tough posted: “Good luck Savannah, you are already a winner!!!! Go girl x x”
Sheena Sidgwick added: “Good luck young lady, go & show them what you’re made of xx”
Kevin Hill said: “Best of luck from the Milesformen team.”
Lisa Anderson posted: “Best of luck Savannah proud to be a Poolie.”
David White added: “The very best off luck...and enjoy...you’re a winner already.”
Rob Marshall said: “Do yourself and the town proud. Good luck Savannah.”
Doreen Andrews posted: “Good luck savannah Hartlepool are proud of you xxxxx”
Patricia Johnson added: “Good luck young lady, go for it xx”
Paul Atkinson said: “Go Savannah bring home the gold you can do it girl”
Gina Costin posted: “Good Luck and enjoy the experience.”
Nigel Gibson added: “Good luck Savannah, we’re all supporting you.”
Margaret Hardy said: “Good luck Savannah all the Collieries will be routing for you”
Debbie Waller posted: “Good luck Savannah smash it.”
Alan Temple said: “Go do what you do best Savannah, have a fantastic time.”
Kevin Readman added: “Good luck Champ.”
David Rennie posted: “Good luck Savannah. Well done TC (Tim Coulter, her coach) for all your hard work.”