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Female boxer scoops black achiever award
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Natasha has her sights set on London 2012

Female boxer Natasha Jonas has been awarded the Black Achievers award for her outstanding contribution to Sport.

The 25-year-old from Liverpool scooped the prize at the Merseyside Black Achievers Award Ceremony on 9 October.

Thought to be one of Britain's best amateurs, Natasha added to her reputation with victory at the Amateur Boxing Association finals in June.

A member of the elite female boxing squad, she now has her sights set on the 2012 Olympics.

She told BBC Radio Merseyside's Peter McDowall winning the achievement award came as a shock

"It was unexpected as there were two other very good candidates."

Natasha took up the sport in 2005 and initially her family were concerned.

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"They were a bit worried at first but the higher I got the more they got into it, and now they are my biggest fans and follow me everywhere."

The London 2012 Olympics will be the first time women can compete for Olympic gold in the boxing ring.

Three women's weight classes including flyweight (48-51kg), lightweight (56-60kg) and middleweight (69-75kg) will be added to the programme in London.

"At the moment I'm concentrating on actually getting there," Natasha continued.

"I'm trying to stay focused on the task in hand which is to qualify and be selected to go and represent Great Britain."




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