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Meet Savannah Marshall - our Olympic boxing hope
Savannah Marshall
Savannah has a quiet nature, but is different when the gloves are on

Savannah Marshall is 18-years-old and an amateur boxer from Hartlepool, who looks set to go all the way.

With 10 junior fights, all wins, and a further five since moving into the senior ranks, Marshall is now being picked out as a potential star of the 2012 Olympics.

She has a BTEC national diploma in sports science, and hopes for a place at Teesside University.

But such plans may be put on hold if the Olympics beckon.

BBC Tees' Blast Sport reporter April Pape reports

Savannah hails from the Hartlepool Headland Amateur Boxing Club. Joining at 12-years-old, she has steadily progressed up the sports ranks and has quickly emerged as Great Britain's chance at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Although she has been identified by sports bosses as a strong contender for the 2012 games, Savannah also has her sights set on competing in the 2016 games.

The town has produced further women's talent, including Amanda Coulson, 27, a four times European Champion Silver and Bronze medallist boxer.

Amanda said "With the Olympics being in London it is extra special to have women's boxing on home turf for the first ever time."

'Hits like a lad'

Many of Savannah's fellow boxers and trainers have described her as having quiet nature, which is a complete contrast to her style of boxing... as one team member commented "Savannah hits like a lad".

Her coach, Tim Coulter, is delighted with her progress through the ranks at such a young age:

"I wasn't a fan of female boxing at first, what surprised me the most was her aggression." He said.

Three women's divisions will be added to the 2012 Olympic programme, and in England alone there are currently just under 600 registered female boxers.

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