Commonwealth Games medallist Lewis Richardson to inspire local teenagers

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Local boxing hero Lewis Richardson, who won a bronze medal in the men’s middleweight boxing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, is set to meet local teenagers enrolled on the Active Essex Foundation Box Smart initiative.

The inspiring athlete, who also won a gold medal at the Tammer Tournament in Finland last year, will be joining the teenagers as they receive their certificates on completing the Box Smart training sessions.

The Box Smart project is designed to provide young people with the opportunity to learn the techniques and disciplines of boxing, while also informally covering important topics such as risk-taking behaviours, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, and community safety.

For local children aged 13 to 15, the program offers sporting sessions to boost fitness, meet new people, and develop essential skills such as teamwork, motivation, and collaboration.

The project is a collaboration between Colchester Borough Homes, Active Essex Foundation, Safer Colchester Partnership, SD Martial Arts and the Youth Service.

Philip Sullivan, Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Box Smart participants graduating from this fantastic project, and it’s a privilege to have Lewis join us and offer his support.

“Projects such as this make a really positive impact on both local communities and individuals.

“Having such a successful Commonwealth Games athlete, who is local and using our facilities at Leisure World, is just fantastic. What’s even better is being able to work with these people to inspire young people to get active and use sport to focus on both their physical and mental health, which is so important.”

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