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Student enthuses others to have a fighting chance in life.

Written by on 2 October 2020

A Stoke-on-Trent teenager has enthused others to have a fighting chance in life by talking about her passion for boxing.

The Ormiston Horizon Academy student delivered the speech about the merits of training and competing in sport as part of her English lessons.

15 year old Ellie Jackson from Hulton Abbey ABC in Hanley boxes at Female Junior Under-51kg and has so far contested five skill bouts and two bouts, with the hope of plenty more once the Coronavirus pandemic eases.

Dad Neil, who coaches at Hulton Abbey said: “Boxing can often be portrayed in a negative light, but Ellie wanted to highlight all the good things that can come from it.

“A lot of people still probably wouldn’t want their daughter boxing, but, as she explains, it has given her great confidence and taught her discipline.

“As a parent, I know exactly where she is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights because she’s training and it’s something she absolutely loves doing too, as comes across in her speech.

“She’d love to be a vet when she is older and she knows she will have to stay focused if she wants to do that, which is something she is already learning in boxing.”

Ormiston Academy Principal, Andy Fitzgibbon, said Ellie’s enthusiasm came across in spades.  “We are extremely proud of Ellie and the enthusiasm she shares with her peers.

“Participating in sport teaches children to have improved resilience and responsibilities, two of the core values of our academy.

“They can implement this self-control in all aspects of their life, from better controlling their emotions to being more self-motivated with their studies.

“Ellie is a shining example of how physical activity improves educational achievement”.