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A student from an academy in Kingswood has just become a national champion in the boxing ring.

Lacey Holloway, a Year 8 student at King’s Oak Academy, is now an English Schools Boxing Champion in the under 38kg weight category.

After a series of tough preliminary fights in the weeks leading up to the final, Lacey emerged victorious from a fiercely fought three-round contest, winning on points.

The 12-year-old was first inspired to take up the sport at the tender age of 10, by her brother and her mother, Claire Holloway, who is also a boxing coach. Lacey now trains at Downend Boxing Club under the expert guidance of coaches Craig Turner, Connor White and Bailey Phillips.

Now completely dedicated to the sport, Lacey trains three times a week all year round. Next up will be development training with the England team at the institute of sport in Sheffield.

“Winning this title was my dream, and I am really happy to be a national boxing champion,” said Lacey.

“I would like to thank my mum for supporting me throughout my career so far and always being there for me. Both mum and I would like to thank Downend Boxing club for helping me achieve this.”

Robyn Harrold, King’s Oak Academy PE teacher, said, “This is an outstanding achievement and highlights Lacey’s dedication to training multiple times a week.

“We look forward to seeing her continued success and excellence in future competitions.”