Boxer to inspire pupils to tackle prejudice
- Thu 1st Nov '12
This month Athlete Mentor Amanda Coulson will be visiting schools across the North East to share her story of how she overcame prejudice and reached success in the male dominated sport of boxing.
Having formally announced her retirement from boxing in October, Amanda is now more focused than ever on her role as an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, using her experiences as a female boxer to help students across the North East tackle prejudice.
During her school visits Amanda will share with students her personal story of triumph over adversity, revealing how she was able to combat prejudice within the tough boxing community to achieve international sporting success.
Starting out at the age of 14, Amanda faced a number of difficulties finding her place in the sport with many local clubs being anything but welcoming to female members and denying her membership. But, with her determination, Amanda refused to let prejudice hold her back and eventually found a club who proudly supported her swift rise through the boxing ranks.
Speaking about her upcoming visits, Amanda said: “I’m honoured to be part of Sky Sports Living for Sport and to have the chance to share my success in tackling prejudice within the boxing community with young people. I hope my story will inspire all the students I meet not to let life’s challenges hold them back.”
Throughout her career Amanda has proven to be an inspiration to female athletes across the UK and remains a strong advocate for equality within the boxing community.
Sky Sports Living for Sport is designed to empower students and uses the British Athletes Commission’s Six Keys to Success, which include mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success, to help them achieve their own life goals. Amanda will pay particular attention to breaking barriers during her visits, encouraging the students to harness their abilities to stand out, be different and make history.
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Read all about it here.
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