To Russia with gloves for Stradbroke’s Joe Kerrison

Joe Kerrison gets a send-off at Stradbroke High School.

Joe Kerrison gets a send-off at Stradbroke High School. - Credit: Archant

Local schoolboy Joe Kerrison will represent England Boxing in Russia next week.

The Year 10 pupil at Stradbroke High School is in the team that will compete in the 2015 European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa.

Joe, who trains with Lowestoft Boxing Club and won the National Schoolboy Boxing title in May this year, has been chosen as one of nine 2015 England Boxing Schools Champions and gold medallists of this summer's Three Nations event in Sheffield to compete in the tournament from October 31 to November 9.

At 65Kg, Joe is a welterweight who puts his success so far down to his determination and commitment and the fact that he has sacrificed lots of leisure time with friends at school in order to train and improve.

'I feel really confident and I just want to bring the gold medal home' said Joe, whose family have for generations been involved in boxing.

Joe has lots of support from his friends and teachers at Stradbroke High School, including Andy Taylor, one of Joe's PE teachers, who is always impressed with Joe's overall fitness and commitment: 'Joe is a role model for other pupils and we are very proud of him' he said, 'Not only for his boxing but his overall conduct, effort and commitment and we all wish him lots of luck in Anapa.'