Boxing middleweight

Savannah Marshall

Last Updated: 10/11/14 3:46pm

Savannah Marshall: Won the 2012 World middleweight title and competed at the London Olympics

Savannah also won the the European Union gold medal as well as the World Combat Games title in 2013

Savannah is from Hartlepool and made her international debut in 2006

The aim for Savnnah is a medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Before that, Savannah is working towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Before that, Savannah is working towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games

I am currently the reigning middleweight world champion and I also represented GB in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Fact File

  • DOB: 19/05/1991
    Event: Boxing, Middleweight
    Hometown: Hartlepool
    International Debut: 2006
  • 2008: Junior ABA champion
    2009: Senior ABA champion
    2010: World Championships silver
    2011: European Championships bronze
    2012: World Championships gold
    2013: European Union champion
    2013: World Combat Games champion
    2014: Commonwealth Games gold

My main boxing gym, that I attend frequently, is Hartlepool Headland ABC, and my club coach is Tim Coulter.

Although I feel I am a shy person, I am very competitive and I hate losing. Sport has made me who I am today; it has given me goals in life and given me a lifestyle which I'm very grateful and thankful for.

After representing GB in the 2012 Olympic Games, and not medalling, I was left disappointed that I didn't achieve my biggest dream in life.

This has left me motivated with the passion and drive to achieve a medal in the 2016 Olympic Games because I know what it feels like to fall at the final hurdle.

This has left me with a desire to never feel the disappointment as I did during that time.

The scholarship has had a big impact on my life; just the thought of being involved with something like this is very exciting.

Year one

Since becoming a Sky Scholar a lot has changed for me. I feel like the programme has helped me become more comfortable in front of the camera and with the media in general.

"Since becoming a Sky Scholar a lot has changed for me. I feel like the programme has helped me become more comfortable in front of the camera and with media in general"

Savannah Marshall

This has also helped me with my boxing. For example, boxing in front of large crowds was a big problem for me – it was kind of like stage fright.

During this year I’ve boxed in two major tournaments. The World Combat Games last autumn which were held in Russia, where I boxed four times and won the gold medal and this summer I boxed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

I represented England, reached the final, boxed in front of 14,000 people and came away with the gold. I was so happy and proud of myself that I could do that and also that I had put the disappointment of 2012 in London behind me.

I feel like this is all down to the help and support I have received from Sky. The one year anniversary has past and now I'm really looking forward to the coming year and some new challenges.