Nine Boxers Join GB Boxing in Debut Year of Senior Performance Programme

May 2, 2024 | by Nabillah Akhtar


Nine promising boxers have progressed through to the GB Boxing World Class Programme in the inaugural year of England Boxing’s senior initiative.

This milestone not only highlights the depth of talent present on the amateur boxing circuit but emphasises the developmental process that England Boxing has also put in place.

The programme aims to nurture talent holistically to reach their full potential both in and outside of the ring. It has a clear focus on advancing boxers as individuals improving their character, resilience and determination alongside their sporting skills.

Full list of boxers:  

  1. Chantelle Reid (Derby)
  2. Ivy-Jane Smith (Dorset)
  3. Odel Kamara (Liverpool)
  4. Lucas Roehrig (London)
  5. Callum Makin (Liverpool)
  6. Oladimeji “Demiji” Shittu (Romford)
  7. Teagn Stott (Sheffield)
  8. Vivienne Parsons (Brixton)
  9. Kayla Allen (Essex)

Each of these boxers have also been aided by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) which recognised their potential and commitment to their sport. However, the level of support each athlete received differed depending on the trajectories of their journey towards GB Boxing.

Derby-born athlete, Chantelle Reid (Kode Red) who is a standout performer and has already secured her place at the upcoming Olympics, reflects on her experience: “If I didn’t get onto the England senior programme, I wouldn’t have that international experience under my belt.

It really did open my eyes to what’s out there in terms of the competition in the Olympic weight division that I’m in (75kg). It was a massive stepping stone for me personally and was really beneficial.

We also had practitioners like the nutritionist and strength & conditioning coach who helped in my journey and athletes were brought in for me to spar with as there weren’t that many for me to practice with…all of this has helped get me to where I am today.”