International boxing no match for Ebonie’s Sports Awards nerves

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She has won titles on the international stage and stormed to medal glory at the World Championships.

But boxing starlet Ebonie Jones admitted she was more nervous picking up The News Sports Awards young sportswoman of the year title.

The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) ace added another gong to her prestigious list at the gala evening.

And that was a source of pride for the 15-year-old.

Jones said: ‘I was so nervous! I’m less nervous when I’m boxing!

‘It’s amazing when you hear about all the other world champions who are in the area. I wasn’t expecting to win, so it’s really pleasing.

‘It’s great that people are voting for me and recognising what I did last year.

‘Last year was the first time I represented England and boxed internationally. I went to the EU Championships and to win gold there was brilliant.

‘And then there was the World Championships. It’s been a great year.’

Jones paid tribute to her family and coaches at HOP who have played a key part in her rise.

And she gave special thanks to her father, Chipper, for his backing.

‘It’s nice to have my family supporting me,’ said Jones.

‘They give me a lot of backing – as do all of my coaches at Heart of Portsmouth.

‘Colin (Williams), Jason (Evans) and Q (Shillingford) give me a lot of help.

‘People hear about the coaches, who are great.

‘But there is my family as well. My dad is always there for me.

‘He comes out when I go running.

‘He is always riding alongside me on my bike when I’m in Southsea.

‘I definitely wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have without my dad.’

There will be no let up for Jones this year as her meteoric rise continues.

She has the Youth Olympics and further World Championship success in her sights moving forward.

And then there is the small matter of GCSEs for the Charter Academy student this year to prepare for.

Jones added: ‘I missed the Youth Olympics by a year. So I’ve got a whole year’s training ahead, so I can really go for it next year.

‘Then it’s the World Championships next year I’m aiming for.

‘I have GCSEs in May and June first. I got an A* in my mock exam in English the other day.

‘It’s difficult to balance it both but I keep working at it. I’ll be finished at school in a few months anyway.

‘But then I’m going on to South Downs College.’

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