Via Press Release
Savannah Marshall has been inducted into the Hall of Champions at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) after becoming Great Britain’s first ever female amateur boxing gold medallist.
Savannah took the historic title on her 21st birthday at the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in China to secure qualification for London 2012.
A giant image of the middleweight (75kg) now appears in the Hall of Champions at EIS Sheffield alongside Nick Matthew, Jessica Ennis, Kelly Holmes, Paul Goodison and Nicola Minichiello, after it was unveiled at a celebration ceremony.
The Hall of Champions was opened by Lord Sebastian Coe in 2009 and features athletes who have trained at EIS Sheffield on their way to World or Olympic success.
Savannah, originally from Hartlepool, said:
“It’s been an amazing few months – winning gold at the World Championships, securing my Olympic place and now this. We walk past the Hall of Champions most days and I’m really proud to be up there alongside big names like Kelly Holmes and Jessica Ennis.
“I am just looking forward to the Olympics now and making sure I am in the best possible shape to be successful in London – and this has given me a great boost. I’m sure the rest of the squad will want to be the next ones to appear in the Hall of Champions after London 2012.”
Savannah has been based at EIS Sheffield with the GB Boxing programme since 2010, after it was announced that women’s boxing would be part of the Olympics for the first time at the London Games.
She is one of three female boxers and seven male boxers from EIS Sheffield who have qualified for Team GB at the Olympics.