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England boxer inspiring local women into fitness

Published: February 7, 2019

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A local boxer for England is proving to be a knockout inspiration for women in the area looking to get more active.

Level 3 Sport student at Duchy College, Chantel Whiting, who holds an impressive professional boxing record, has been chosen to be an ambassador for Devon Girls Can.

Devon Girls Can is a campaign to inspire women and girls to take their first steps towards leading a more active lifestyle.

Rising star Chantel, who previously studied at Tavistock College, was last year selected to represent the country after impressing the England coaches at a national competition earlier in the year and boxed her way to a 3 – 2 win over Ireland. She is now aiming to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

“I was approached to be an ambassador for Devon Girls Can, something I’m really proud to be involved in,” Chantel said.

Each ambassador focuses on a sport which is important to them and Chantel is working with Women Boxing in Plymouth, holding classes twice a week.

“For any women who may be unsure if it is for them or not, I would just say give it a shot. You just need to find a sport that is right for you. Sport is great for you in so many ways,” Chantel continued.

“I am really enjoying the sport course at Duchy College, for anyone looking to get into a career in the sport industry I would really recommend it.”

Sport Lecturer at Duchy College, Luke Chapman, said it is “fantastic that Chantel has been acknowledged for her efforts and enthusiasm toward sports”.

“She works so tirelessly hard on her fitness and to be recognised as an ambassador to inspire other women in Devon to either reengage or find a physical activity to inspire them is a credit to her efforts,” he continued.

“She thoroughly deserves her title.”

Active Devon represents the campaign locally and has already inspired more than 1,000 girls to feel great. The 2019 campaign will provide lots of events with support from ambassadors like Chantel.

The events are part of the national sport campaign, This Girl Can, which is funded by the National Lottery.

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