For anybody who likes to read my blog posts often I apologise for being out for so long, however, I've been getting back into my training, college work and life itself really!
Anyway, just over a month ago now I started getting back into training at my boxing club. Within no time really my fitness has come back - not completely but it's getting there - and I have become a lot stronger physically which I find pretty bizarre because of the effect of all the drugs and medication I was on during my treatment... However, I have a few ideas why I may be stronger than before:
- I have gotten older so strength may be coming along with age
- I was training during treatment so that may have had an effect
- My build has changed slightly
- My mental strength and attitude is on another level compared to what it was
- I have spent almost a year now, breaking things down, focusing on technique and constantly watching and therefore, learning.
Since the end of 2012, I had to reduce the amount of training I was doing because I just couldn't manage it, so I knew something was up. Then after being diagnosed I obviously didn't train anywhere near as much as I used to, however, I was still up the boxing gym almost every week watching my team-mates train and spar, picking up things that they did well or not so well, I was also watching a lot of boxing on T.V and YouTube, so I was adding certain aspects of a variety of boxers to my own arsenal.
To some people it may sound silly, but from taking some time out I have learnt a lot, I have learnt a lot mentally but also the things I have seen and picked up have been transferred into my own boxing. Seeing as I was breaking things down for about 6-8 months now, everything has just improved and my punches land a lot more solidly than ever before. From watching my coach and team-mates and listening to what they had to say I have carried on learning about the sport and have been able to analyse things a lot better than before and then using what they've said to help me with my own training.
Regarding my health I have lost a lot of weight, I have gone from a bald, fat teenager weighing 78kg to a slim teenager with a head full of hair weighing 70kg. That's since the end of August, so a good achievement for me!
|This is a picture of my transformation from the end of June - to end of September|
Also, since my last post I have been to two awards ceremonies. I won the Young Persons Award at the Local Heroes event and was also nominated and shortlisted for an award at the British Red Cross awards. I have also been nominated for an award by a charity called Clic Sargeant which helped me during my treatment.
If you would like to hear my interview for the award then please click here and a new window will open, taking you to the 96.4 Eagle Radio website.
Whilst at the Eagle Radio awards I saw an inspiration of mine, she's a lovely young lady named Sophie. Sophie has been battling cancer for years and even had to travel to America for vital treatment, but whenever I have seen her she's been nothing but happy and always smiling, I said in the interview with eagle radio that it's so hard seeing little children having treatment for cancer and Sophie was someone who inspired me and made me realise that if this little Champion can endure all the treatment then so can I!
|This is me, with Sophie and her parents Ruth and Andrew|
I am very honored to have been nominated for all these awards and am also very pleased to say that I have been invited to Bryanston school to do a motivational talk to some of the sixth form students. Later on in the year I also have another motivational talk booked in and am looking to do a lot more over the next few years! I haven't done a speech in a few years since being Head Boy at my secondary school, but compared to what I have been through recently, I guess this is nothing, so I will go in and do what I have set out to do and try and inspire and motivate others.
So... College is going well, training is brilliant and I am feeling happy. Now, I just have to wait for scans and results to find out if I am technically in 'remission' as I still haven't been told yet which is very annoying! I look forward to having my port-a-cath removed and getting back to sparring and competing in boxing and kickboxing next year. I am also really looking forward to these motivational talks and hopefully they will be the first of many.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and continues to support me.
Thanks a lot guys and take care!!
|With beautiful Mum & Sister|
|British Red Cross - Humanitarian Citizens Award (SHORTLISTED)|