Chloe Hunt has aimed a knockout blow to being overweight after taking part in the Suffolk Firefighters’ Fit and Healthy Club.
Chloe, 15, from Jubilee Terrace, Elmswell, lost two stone after attending the club and became interested in boxing through firefighter and former British Boxing champion, David Starie.
He inspired her to take up boxing and she is now an aspiring member of Eastgate Boxing Club having lost more than six stones.
She is now working towards qualifying for welterweight fights.
Her level of determination on the 12 week scheme won her the Bob Neill award for outstanding achievement, named after a former firefighter.
Chloe has been boxing a year and, having completed her skills bout, won her first fight at Whelnetham Village Hall only recently.
She said: “Losing the weight changed my whole life around. It changed my attitude towards exercise and keeping healthy.
“I was a bit shy and it was a bit scary going to the first meeting but I made new friends.”
Paul Shattock, who leads the fit and healthy club, said: “Chloe is a very determined and motivated youngster and is doing very well.”
Chloe is now part of the Fire Stars cadet scheme which enables young people to spend up to three years working towards an NCFE award.
Her father Gary said: “Chloe got on really well and has been very committed.”
Changes to provision of weight loss services:
The Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy programme is not guaranteed to continue after April 1, 2016.
Public Health Suffolk’s current contract is with Live Well Suffolk but a new provider will be taking over from April 1.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council, which funds Public Health Suffolk, said its new Integrated Healthy Lifestyles Service had been awarded to Leeds Beckett University in partnership with MoreLife, Quit 51 and Tobacco Free Futures.
She said Leeds Beckett University ‘will incorporate some new services together with a broad range of existing provision’ but whether or not it works in partnership with the fire service to continue the Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy programme will be its decision.