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WSHA - Pupils Box Clever with Commonwealth Athletes

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Published by LauraMcKinlay for Gentoo Group in Communities and also in Education, Health, Housing

Josh Taylor and Warren Baister at St Mungos Academy Josh Taylor and Warren Baister at St Mungos Academy

Commonwealth Games boxers Josh Taylor (Scotland) and Warren Baister (England) took time out of their busy Games preparation to speak to potential boxing stars of the future recently at St Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow, at an event organised by West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA).

Delhi Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Taylor, 23, from Prestonpans, will be hoping to go one step further and win gold for Scotland at this year’s Games. He visited the school alongside double ABA Champion, heavy-weight, Warren Baister, 29, from Sunderland, who will be competing for England.

Both athletes took the time to give advice to pupils, telling them all about their demanding training routine and strict eating regime, before getting the gloves and pads out for a sparring demonstration. After watching some combinations the pupils took the chance to have a go themselves, testing the power behind the two athletes. The keen boxers were also able to take away signed merchandise, as a reminder of the visit.

Brian Feeney, Deputy Head teacher at St Mungo’s Academy said: “Thank you to WSHA for bringing Josh and Warren to meet our pupils. We’re all really excited for the start of the Games and having two Commonwealth Games athletes in our school was a wonderful opportunity. We’ve already had lots of requests from the children, asking how to join local boxing clubs and that’s all part of the legacy the Commonwealth Games is bringing to Glasgow.”

Josh Taylor is ready for the Games and can’t wait to get started. The welter-weight said: “It was a lot of fun meeting the kids today. A few of them said they want to start boxing now so it’s amazing to think me and Warren might be part of that. It’s a lot of hard work and you have to make some sacrifices, but it’s all worth it. Some of them were even brave enough to get up and have a go on the pads themselves – there was definitely a few future champions in that classroom.”

WSHA headquarters are just around the corner from St Mungo’s Academy and by working in partnership with the school, the housing association is hoping events such as this will help the community celebrate the Games even more.

Colin Turnbull, Director of Operations at WSHA said: “Having the Commonwealth Games in our home city is already an exciting prospect and it makes it even more real to see the benefits happening right on our doorstep. Our aim is to have a lasting positive impact on people’s lives and we want to do as much as we can to help our communities be part of the Games. The two boxers are positive role models to any young person and we wish them all the luck for the Games.”

WSHA’s whole ethos is about believing nothing is impossible and finding new ways to challenge conventions. WSHA aims to make society a better place to live and to make a real difference to the way people live their life. To find out more about WSHA, visit westscot.co.uk  for more information or follow @wshascotland on Twitter.

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