THERE were gongs galore for Sedbergh Amateur Boxing Club at a tournament in Denmark over the weekend.

They took part in the Hvidovre Box Cup, which is based in Copenhagen and boasted a haul of nine medals in total.

A group of seven males and one female travelled from Bradford to Denmark on Friday morning to take part in a number of bouts.

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They returned on Sunday evening with six golds and three silvers between them.

The boxing club’s impressive performance also earned them an extra award.

Sedbergh were recognised as the “Team of the Tournament” by organisers for the amount of medals they picked up.

One of those to bag a gong was 14-year-old Troy Pedder who won two gold medals at the event.

Troy’s mum, Kelsey Gallagher, said the performance of the club at the cup was testament to the dedication of the coaches and everyone involved.

She added: “I’m just really proud of them all. They’ve all been together for two to three years and they’re very supportive of each other.

“To even get to the stage where we get invited to these events is fantastic for the whole boxing club.

“It highlights the coaches’ level of dedication that they put into our children.”

The mother also spoke of the benefits the boxing club brings in providing an outlet for local children to channel their energy and keep them away from other distractions.

She said: “It’s massively important. It’s one thing for it to be open, but I don’t have to force my son to go, he wants to be there - the coaches create that and it keeps them off the streets.

“It’s not a government funding thing. Us parents and others have organised fundraisers to try help.

“Some of the equipment is around 20 years old. It just goes to show that you do not need the best stuff to compete.”

Other boxers taking part for the Bradford club included “Pocket Rocket”, and the only female of the group, Alvina Razak, who only lost out in her final against a Danish opponent.

There was also Zakk Gibbons, Connor Finnegan, team captain Jordan Beck, Ibby Razak and Luca Powell, who put in the performance of the tournament according to coach Peter Cannon.

Cannon said that he was extremely impressed with his group, particularly considering four of them had never flown before.

He added: “To come away with these results, for ‘little Sedbergh’ is fantastic.

“I’d like to thank all the other coaches, Doug, Gav and Immy, as well as parents Kelsey and Michelle who always helped out. I also must mention our sponsor Brian Lumb.”

The future is bright for Sedbergh Amateur Boxing Club and Cannon expects the club to get bigger and better.

They have already been invited to several other competitions, on the back of their Hvidore Cup appearance, including a possible trip to Cyprus.