Hartlepool Council plan sculpture for Savannah Marshall

Savannah Marshall and her Commonwealth Games gold medal. Picture by Tom Collins.
Savannah Marshall and her Commonwealth Games gold medal. Picture by Tom Collins.

CIVIC chiefs have confirmed plans to unveil a life-size sculpture of Golden Girl Savannah Marshall to commemorate her success at the Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old Hartlepool boxer has been the toast of the town since beating Canadian opponent Ariane Fortin in the final of the middleweight contest in Glasgow.

INTO FINAL:  Savannah Marshall

INTO FINAL: Savannah Marshall

After Savannah won gold, town leaders said they were working on plans to mark the achievements of the former English Martyrs school pupil and they have now been revealed in the shape of a life-size wire sculpture.

It will cost the local authority in the region of £2,000. No timescale has been put on when the sculpture will be unveiled or the exact location although either outside of the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, or outside one of the town’s leisure centres have all been touted as possibilities.

It comes after senior officials at Hartlepool Borough Council met to come up with an appropriate way of commemorating the town boxer’s incredible achievements.

Ceremonial mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher said: “This is great news and I am delighted there will be a sculpture of Savannah.

“It is very fitting and the town as a whole is rightly very proud of her achievements and we wanted to mark it.

“There is still work to do including choosing an appropriate location, it is important we get this right.”

Coun Akers-Belcher said Savannah will also be going into some town primary schools to tell youngsters about her success and to help “inspire the next generation”.

Last week, one of her main sponsors Camerons Brewery extended their support up until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and Savannah said she has been “overwhelmed” with the support from everyone.

She told the Mail: “The support from everyone has been fantastic, really overwhelming. It has been crazy and I just couldn’t get my head around how many people were talking about me and wishing me well.”

The Poolie boxer, who was also guest of honour at Hartlepool United’s home match with Bury last weekend, is currently back training in Sheffield. In September, she is off to Kazakhstan for a training camp before the World Championships, held in South Korea, in November – where she will be defending her title.