Chantelle Cameron from Northampton joined the GB Boxing women’s squad in 2011 after a whirlwind start to her boxing career that saw her go from novice to potential Olympian in less than 18 months.
An international kickboxer, Chantelle initially tried boxing to improve her hand speed. She had her first bout in November 2009 and defeated a far more experienced opponent within two rounds. She decided to apply for her boxing card and entered the 2010 senior ABAE Championships where she won the 64Kg category at her first attempt.
In June 2010, she announced herself on the international stage by landing a silver medal in the EU Championship in Hungary. She was selected to represent England in the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in Barbados in September 2010 where she made the quarter finals at 64Kg and caught the eye of the Great Britain’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken.
Chantelle was rewarded with a place in the GB Boxing squad in February 2011 in the 60kg Olympic weight category and the chance to stake a claim to go to Rio 2016.