TROWBRIDGE Amateur Boxing Club have two national champions in their ranks following success at the National Junior Finals last month.

Sammy Varey and Alex Bryant were triumphant in the Junior Cadets section at the event in Rotherham, with Varey triumphing in the male U46kg class and Bryant doing likewise in the female U54kg category.

Bryant said: “It’s crazy that I’ve won the nationals. I had to dig deep, but I came on strong at the end and I think that’s what won it for me.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but so worth it.”

Both fighters have since been selected for the England Pathway squad.

The Rotherham competition started at the semi-final stage, with Varey facing Bobby Doyle, from Phil Thomas ABC in Middlesbrough, where a superb performance saw him win a split points decision.

In the final, Varey faced Harry Burke, from Sefton ABC in Merseyside. After losing in the final 12 months prior, the Trowbridge fighter turned in a stand-out performance to ensure history was not repeated by winning a split points decision.

Clarendon Academy student Bryant faced Louise Brooks, from Technique ABC in Blackburn, in her semi-final and produced a classy performance to win a unanimous points decision.

Bryant’s final saw her face Zara Aitcheson, from Kings Heath ABC in Northampton, who had stopped her opponent in the semi-finals.

Although Trowbridge head coach Steve Bryant had devised a plan, that all fell apart at the beginning of the first round when Aitcheson delivered a shot for a standing count.

Towards the end of the first round, Bryant had started to regroup before then taking control of the contest in the second round.

By the end of the third round, Bryant was dominant and had given Aitcheson a standing count and was close to forcing a stoppage before taking the title on a split points decision.