Savannah ‘overwhelmed’ by support from town

Savannah Marshall (blue) in action against Canada's Ariane Fortin in the final
Savannah Marshall (blue) in action against Canada's Ariane Fortin in the final

SAVANNAH Marshall took to Facebook to thank everyone for their support after her gold medal heroics - but reserved special praise for her mentors at the Headland gym where she learned her trade.

Savannah admitted to be “overwhelmed” by the support shown to her, and said on the social media site: “All the support I have received over the past week from everyone on here and all the my friends and family is amazing.

“Everything happened so fast and I didn’t get a chance to thank everyone on TV, but I’m so grateful to everyone who came all the way from Hartlepool to watch and everyone who watched at home.

“I owe everything to Tim Coulter, he’s been there every step of the way and although England took me he’s the one who got me there with everyone at Hartlepool Headland ABC.”

There was support from the other side of the globe too, as Savannah’s sister Amanda, husband Paul and sons Harry, 12, and eight-year-old Alfie - got up in the early hours to watch the fight online from their home in Australia.

Dozens of messages were left on the Mail’s Facebook page, including one from Hayley Huntley who said: “Credit to the town”.

Raymond Moore and may others posted simply “well done Savannah”, while June Archer added: “Very well deserved. Hartlepool will be very proud of you”.

Craig Desborough posted: “Good on you Savannah. You’re a credit to Hartlepool” while Richard Irvine said Savannah’s display was “brilliant for the town”.

Bosses at The Harbour of Refuge pub - The Pot House - on the Headland told Savannah they would host a free party to mark her achievement.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright took to Twitter to say: “Hartlepool is very proud of one of it’s own”.