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Boxing clever: Reporting from an Olympic test event

Boxing clever: Reporting from an Olympic test event

With the Olympics less than a year away, organisers are ramping up their preparations with a series of test events in some of the venues which will host the action during the Games.

The Excel Centre in east London will host seven sports, and two School Reporters from Deansfield Community School in Wolverhampton got the chance to report on the opening day of the first test event at the venue.

Chloe and Lauren had already begun reporting on Olympic boxing after learning that the Dominica boxing team will be training at a boxing club round the corner from their school.

And they followed up the story by travelling to London for the day to get an insight into how some of the top amateur boxers from around the world are shaping up ahead of the Games, and interviewed British welterweight fighter Freddie Evans.

Here's their account of the day, and some of the lessons they learned on reporting from an Olympic test event:

By Lauren & Chloe
School Reporters at Deansfield Community School

When we started with School Report, we thought we were just going to be reporting on the school sports day, and that would be it but we have kept getting more chances to report - at the local gym and then at an Olympic test event.

It's really different - we never thought we'd get the chance to do something like this at our age and it was a great experience.

We weren't really very into boxing before getting involved in this but now we'll definitely take more of an interest in the Olympics and the boxing.

And when we see Freddie Evans fighting in 2012 we'll be able to say to our mums: "We interviewed him!".

Interviewing him gave us an insight into how hard it is to reach his level and to achieve that much you have to train and practise a lot.

Doing the interview and coming up with some questions before it made us think about the work you need to do as a journalist.

It's not always easy and sometimes people don't want you to do interviews, but it's worth persevering because you get loads of information from it.

Boxers in action at the Excel Centre
The girls watched several bouts before starting interviewing

And spending some time thinking about our questions helped us learn about how to get good answers by asking some more 'open' questions.

Just watching the boxing was really interesting too - and it was good to see a British boxer do really well.

The whole day has been really great, getting to meet lots of people and actually interview some boxers who will fight at the Olympics.

We've definitely taken some inspiration in terms of a possible future career in the media.

Our top tip for other School Reporters is to just start reporting! The more you do it, the more confident you get - and it's really good fun!



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