DEXTER THOMAS V MATEUS ZIOLKOWSKIGreg BridetDame Sharon Hollows with Chairman of ABA England Keith Walters

A year which saw Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy collect 9 ABA national finalists with 6 winning ABA National titles at different levels Seniors, Juniors, Females and Minnow’s and two winning Gold Medals and 2 silver medals in the Harringay Cup.

Saw the committed boxing outfit voted the Team of the Year winners at The Portsmouth News Sports Awards 2012.

Since opening its doors as a community boxing club in September 2008. The city boxing club has picked up fourteen national finalists with seven National Champions, 4 Harringey Cup Gold Medalists and all of this in just their third year as a competitive season since their formation, as they announced themselves as a real force to be reckoned with.

But it’s not just at the national level of the amateur boxing world the club has shone. Bringing the sport to the table for a wider audience through education and recreation has also been a huge part of the outfit’s philosophy which has reaped dividends.

ABA of England Advanced Coach “Q” Shillingford was delighted the outfit received prestigious recognition for their progress within the City of Portsmouth.

Shillingford said: ‘We were so surprised to be named Portsmouth City sport club of the year 2012. The city of Portsmouth is very sporty, lots of Football, hockey, tennis, swimming, netball and volleyball success. ‘We have had many National finalists and National titles in the past three years and that is on the competitive side of the club. On the education side we’ve got boxing on the curriculum at Charter Academy and had over 50 young people reach the equilivent of grade B level 2 GCSE in amateur boxing in the last three years. On the recreation side we’ve had over 1,000 people go through the GB Boxing Awards programme. Out of the 12 National Finalist we have had over the last three season’s, 5 of our 7 National Champions were introduced to boxing through the recreational GB Boxing Awards programme run in the city of Portsmouth in schools and youth clubs.

Also two of H.O.P’s clubs members were both runner up in the Young Sportsman of the year award which went to Mateusz Ziolowski for his National CYP (75kg) win against the talented Dexter Thomas from West Leeds ABC and club mate Greg Bridet was (91kg) voted Sportsman of the year Runner up 2012, after his emphatic 51-35 win against Ross Henshaw from Trinity ABC in the ABA Senior (U20).

‘We feel it’s great that we’ve had that success, and are also out there in the community showing how boxing is making a real positive impact with the young people of the city.’

I would like to thank all our coaches, volunteers, and the young people who come down to the gym week after week in their own time, to support and help keep the club moving forward. Their loyalty and commitment to the boxing club, is what makes the “Heart of Portsmouth beat.”