Wimbledon wonder-woman Bower wins London Sport award after blazing a boxing trail

Wimbledon boxing inspiration Rachel Bower reveled in claiming a prestigious London Sport Award after her perception-transforming exploits were recognized at the Guildhall on Monday night.

Bower, who works as a detective in her day job, is the head coach at Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club – who were crowned winners of The Uniting London Award, in association with Sport England, at the historic venue.

Rathbone, who are based at Camden Boxing Club, use their crucial outreach arm to inspire trust in the LGBTQ+ community and promote the benefits of social integration through boxing.

The club’s ‘Proud to #FightTogether’ program sees them run LGBTQ+ friendly sessions that combat the concerns of members of the community, so they feel welcome in a sport that has not always been so historically.

Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club took the award home by beating other incredible nominations, including MovementWorks and The London & South East Regional Netball Association and the Metropolitan Police.

And beaming Bower, 38, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to win this award, we feel incredibly proud.

“We’ve put in a lot of work and we’re extremely grateful for the other volunteers at the club as we continued to work tirelessly all through lockdown.

“There was some really tough competition because there are so many brilliant sports clubs doing really important work in the community.

“The London Sport Awards are so important to us because we’re so new on the scene and to be recognized by such a brilliant body is amazing.

“It’s an incredible event and to be at the Guildhall with all these great sports clubs and organizations – we just feel really honoured.”

We were over the moon to receive the @LondonSport @Sport_England award for Uniting London at the London Sport Awards this week. A well@deserved night off for coaches @Kombat_Kate and @RachelBower6 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/weC6e0Eda7

— rathboneabc (@rathboneabc) December 8, 2021

Over the last five years, the annual London Sport Awards, in association with the City of London Corporation, has grown to become the biggest celebration of grassroots and community physical activity and sport in the city.

And this year’s showpiece event once again recognized, celebrated, and shone a light on the stories of the incredible individuals, groups, and organizations for their outstanding work across the capital, helping Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to be physically active.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Children, Young People and Tackling Inactivity from Sport England, who sponsored The Uniting London Award, added: “I think it’s just really humbling.

“What I love about the London Sport Awards is that it really gets down to the local level, the club, the coach, the volunteer who just makes lives better.

“It’s really important that we at Sport England say thank you, that London Sport says thank you, because actually it’s people like Rathbone Boxing Club who make sport happen day in, day out and over the last 20 months it’s been so hard.”

The London Sport Awards, in association with the City of London Corporation, shines a spotlight on the unsung community heroes helping Londoners of all backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and sport. Find out more about the Awards and how London Sport aims to make London the most physically active city in the world at www.londonsport.org #MakeYourMark

London Herald