Thomas Stalker and Natasha Jonas in Team GB boxing squad tipped to make history at
London Olympics 2012
LIVERPOOL’S amateur boxing stars Thomas Stalker and Natasha Jonas are part of a 10-strong Team GB squad tipped to make history at London Olympics 2012.
Thomas Stalker and Natasha Jonas were officially named in the Olympic boxing squad for 2012 this week, and Great Britain Performance Director Robert McCracken believes they can top the record five medal haul from Melbourne in 1956.
Three British fighters, including Liverpool’s David Price, won medals in Beijing four years ago, but the best total at a modern Games remains the five secured in 1956 in Melbourne when both Terry Spinks and Dick McTaggart struck gold.
The team for 2012 – confirmed in Sheffield on Monday by Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt – includes seven world medallists including one reigning world champion and two current European champions.
McCracken said: “This is as strong a team as you could wish to have heading into a home Games. It is the perfect blend of youth and experience and it has got everything going for it.
“The boxers have consistently won medals at major tournaments and reached every target we have given them.
“There is no reason why we cannot go to a tough London Olympics and win a lot of medals.