EBONIE JONES kick-starts what is set to be a jam-packed 2015 at the Nations’ Cup this weekend.
Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) European champion has been given her latest England call-up for the competition in Serbia.
Jones will travel to take on some of the continent’s finest talent after attending a pre-tournament training camp in Sheffield.
The Drayton ace is primed for action at 51kg ahead of what could be a frenetic 12 months for her.
The European Championships in Bulgaria are also on the horizon for Jones.
Then it’s another two huge competitions in the shape of the World Championships in Taiwan in May, and the Commonwealth Youth Games, which take place in Samoa this September.
As Jones steps up to youth level for the event, she can now be paired with opponents nearly two years older than her.
But HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, believes Jones is in prime condition as she goes into action.
And he feels there is every chance the 16-year-old can get among the medals.
‘She flies out on Sunday and has been on fire in training,’ said Shillingford.
‘Ebonie went up to the English Institute of Sport for the camp and impressed.
‘She left everyone behind in the sprints and was told to ease down the power in sparring, because she is hitting so hard.
‘Ebonie is on weight and feeling really good.
‘She is really happy with her preparation and is training two or three times a day.
‘We expect her to medal and so do England, because she’s European champion.
‘But she is a in a two-year bracket and could fight someone a lot older.
‘She is stepping up again at international level.
‘It’s a big year for Ebonie.
‘There’s a lot for her to get ready for.
‘There are the major championships and England are looking to have a lot of internationals against other countries. She has a hectic boxing calendar ahead of her.’
The long-term aim for Jones is to secure a permanent berth on the Great Britain team – but she will have to wait until she turns 18 for that.
Shillingford added: ‘Ebonie is at the top of the tree. She is fit and strong.
‘Ebonie is on the radar for GB and involved in the emerging talent camps every month.
‘Her ambition is to be on the Podium squad and part of the full-time GB programme moving forward.’