Olympic boxing hopeful proves a hit at festival

Olympic boxing hopeful Hannah Beharry with some of the children who took part in Streetgames
Olympic boxing hopeful Hannah Beharry with some of the children who took part in Streetgames

Olympic boxing hopeful Hannah Beharry threw her weight behind a special street festival for young people.

The 24-year-old who is from Acton, West London, took part in the Streetgames event at Alexandra Park over the Easter holidays.

The event, run solely by volunteers from as young as 15 years old, attracted almost 100 young people.

They participated in a variety of sports from Street 20 Cricket to Dodgeball.

Hannah, who is two times England champion at 48 kg and a bronze European Union medallist, will compete in women’s boxing for the first time at the London Olympics this summer.

She will be hoping to win a medal in front of her home crowd after women’s boxing was introduced to the games for the first time this year.

Hannah joined in with the local fire service who provided some football shooting practice and games for the event.

Hastings Borough Councils Active Street games coordinator, Ken Dullaway said: “It was terrific to see so many young people taking part in sport locally despite the rain.

“Our thanks must go to the young volunteers who gave up their time to run this extremely successful event.

“We were privileged to have Hannah actively involved and offering her encouragement to the young people of Hastings.”