By Tom Degun
August 20 - Britain have selected three members of the women’s Olympic squad, including Nicola Adams, a silver medallist two years ago, to compete at next month's World Boxing Championships in Barbados.
Flyweight (51kg) Adams, lightweight (60kg) Amanda Coulson and welterweight (69kg) Savannah Marshall will compete as part of the England team at the event, which is due to open on September 7.
They will be joined in Barbados by Sharon Holford and Chantelle Cameron, who will compete at bantamweight (54kg) and light welterweight (64kg).
Neither Holford nor Cameron are members of the elite GB squad but have been selected to compete in Barbados by the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE).
GB Boxing’s Performance Director Rob McCracken said: "This is an important part of our preparations for 2012.
"The women’s squad have been doing well in competitions this year and this tournament will provide a benchmark of how we are progressing in relation to 2012."
Adams, who is from Leeds, is perhaps Britain’s biggest medal contender at the competition having won a silver medal in the last women’s World Championships at Ningbo in China two years ago.
Adams said: "After being out for so long with injury, I am thrilled to be part of the GB Boxing squad and to have been selected for the World Championship.
"It will be a very tough tournament and I hope to be able to go one better this time."
Hartlepool’s Marshall, who recently won a silver medal in the European Championships in Hungary, said: "I am really excited at the prospect of going to my first World Championships.
"As part of the GB Boxing squad we get a lot of additional support with things like nutrition, physio and strength and conditioning.
"We are starting to feel the benefits of this and I feel very positive going into this tournament."
Coulson, who like Marshall is from Hartlepool, added: "The standard in women’s boxing is getting higher all of the time so I expect it to be the toughest tournament that I have been to."
Coulson, who lost out to the eventual gold medallist Mary Spencer in the 2008 World Championships, continued: "It will be a really good test and should provide all of us with a clear indication of how we are progressing in the build up to 2012."
A surprise omission is young welterweight star Natasha Jonas, tipped to be a strong gold medal contender at London 2012.
But Coulson’s impressive recent form, which includes a gold medal at a recent tournament in Crete, earned her the nod ahead of Jonas for Barbados.
Adams and Coulson will compete in two of the weight categories that have been selected for the 2012 Olympic Games by competing at 51kg and 60kg respectively.
However, 19-year-old Marshall (pictured), who has been selected by GB Boxing to compete in the Olympic middleweight category (75kg) in 2012, will compete at 69kg in this tournament and move up to 75kg in 2011.
McCracken explained: "Savannah is young and still growing so we do not want to rush her development.
"She has the height and build to be a natural middleweight and we will begin the process of gradually moving her into that weight category in 2011."
The women’s GB Boxing squad was selected in March 2010 and trains Thursday to Sunday, every other week, alongside the men’s Development Squad at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield.
The squad of seven women has recently been to training camps in Crete and China while the team for the World Championships will leave on August 26 and spend 10 days acclimatising in a holding camp in Miami before it heads to Barbados.
The trio will be hoping to continue the phenomenal recent success in British women’s boxing as since January 2008, women from the Isles have won 23 medals in nine international competitions.
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