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Stacey scoops impressive award
Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 13:14 by Mark Phillip

Professional boxer Stacey Copeland has added to her growing list of achievements.

The 36-year-old, from Hyde, has won the Sporting Role Model award at the Women’s Sports Trust ‘Be A Game Changer Awards’.

The ceremony, which was held in London last Thursday, was held to recognise the irresistible nature of women’s sport and inspire others to take action.

Upon receiving the award, Stacey said she felt very emotional. “Each little comment that puts female athletes down, perhaps they’re not that damaging ont heir own but accumalitvely they can make you feel pretty bad about yourself, and as a youngster who loves football and boxing I received a lot of name calling. I got to the point where I almost wanted to hide myself from what I was, so to have reached a point where we’re actually recognised for being female athletes is an amazing feeling.”

Stacey, who in recent months has become a community ambassador for Sports Tours International – the company behind the Tour of Tameside – is gearing up for her fifth fight on June 22.

The super welterweight has so far won all four of her bouts, having joined the professional ranks in 2017.

In the hours that followed, Stacey’s Twitter account was inundated with messages of support. One message read: “This is fantastic recognition and so well-deserved. Constant inspired campaigning for women in sport, visibility of women’s professional sport, and girls in sport. You’re awesome. Have a great weekend knowing you’re appreciated.”

Another message stated: “Like so many women in sport – inspiring back story of massive commitment, sacrfifice and ‘luck’ (Luck is where preparation meets opportunity); great self-awareness and acknowledges support.”