Boxer in the Broch preparing for the Commonwealth Games
A boxer from Fraserburgh is part of a group preparing to represent Scotland in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Lynn Calder started boxing as a way to return to fitness after breaking her ankle playing rugby. She said: “I found myself quite good at it, enjoyed it and was ‘hooked’.”
Her first fight was in 2011 and she has since represented Scotland internationally in Spain, Poland and Germany.
She has now had 24 bouts: 20 domestically and four internationally.
As part of the organisation Boxing Scotland, a group of boxers are being trained in all aspects of the sport ahead of selection for the national team closer to the time of the games in Australia.
Among the fighter’s achievements are: silver at the 2012 and 2013 Harringey Box Cup in London; Scottish Novice Champion 2013; Scottish Intermediate Champion 2013 and 2014; Golden Girl (Sweden) 2014, silver, and Scottish Open Champion 2014 and 2015. She has also received support from Aberdeenshire Sports Council.
Ms Calder is now in full-time training and is looking for sponsorship in preparation of the Commonwealth Games. She trains in various locations as well as Fraserburgh, including Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Shotts and Wishaw.
She said: “I am very grateful for the support issued to me from so many people: my mum, dad, coaches, Sport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Sports Council, and friends.
“I want to motivate people in achieving their goals and dreams as I, nor anyone else, would have thought I would become an internationalist at this sport and then in addition with it being a weight managed sport, I have dropped so much weight to be in lightweight Commonwealth category.
“Furthermore, being a female and faring well in a male dominated environment has been an achievement too.”
Mike Keane, national coach and performance director of Boxing Scotland, said that Lynn is part of a group of fighters planning to head to the southern hemisphere in 2018.
“She is on Scottish Institute of Sport along with 24 boxers who receive strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, performance, lifestyle and nutrition advice,” he said.
“There is no official Commonwealth Games programme yet, as selection will start in around 18 months time.”
Lynn has previously worked as an electrical engineer before training full-time, and has self-supported herself by coaching through Active Schools among other things.