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New Astley Boxing Club hand out awards at presentation evening

It may not have been a vintage season, yet there was still plenty for New Astley Boxing Club to celebrate at Saturday’s presentation evening, which on this occasion was sponsored by Shadwell Stud.

Club star Demie-Jade Resztan, who was once again crowned national champion, picked up three awards.

She collected the Best Senior Boxer accolade alongside the Boxers’ Boxer and the Best Overall Boxer prizes.

New Astley Boxing Club Awards evening sponsored by Shadwell Stud Picture by Mark Westley. (12941087)
New Astley Boxing Club Awards evening sponsored by Shadwell Stud Picture by Mark Westley. (12941087)

Resztan’s domination in this country is making it hard to secure opponents, but New Astley head coach Mark O’Reilly is hoping there will be some good news soon.

He said: “Girls are side stepping the 48kg category and moving on to 51kg because they know she is going to beat them.

“It is a tough and frustrating situation – especially for Demie – but hopefully she is going to get a place at the next European Championships in August.”

Elsewhere on the night there was a double for Harvey Gillham, who scooped both the Junior and Most Dedicated Trainer awards.

The Best Schoolboy award was shared by Raven Dodsworth, Tobias Guy and Archie Spring, while the latter also won the Most Improved Boxer gong.

The Shadwell Most Courageous Performance award was clinched by Dean Allum, Jesse Goody won the Best Youth Boxer and Lydia Gillham was awarded the John Humphrey Memorial Trophy.

Reflecting on the campaign as a whole, O’Reilly said: “It was not an outstanding season but we still did well.

“We did not manage to get enough bouts but that is how it goes sometimes.

“You get bad seasons, good seasons and average seasons.

“But we still managed to get one national champion and also went very close to getting a couple of other really good results.

“The fighters will all have a deserved break now and then come back in a few weeks time ready to go again.”

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