A Harrogate mum has set her sights on a place in the England boxing squad after finishing second in the Elite National championships.
Former Thai Boxing world champion Rachael Mackenzie upstaged several members of the England and Team GB boxing programmes as she took home silver at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Due to her previous fighting experience, the English Boxing Association put her straight into the Elite competition at the Nationals where she was the lowest ranked fighter.
But she beat the top seed on her way to the final of the 54kg weight category before falling at the final hurdle against future Olympic hopeful Ramla Ali on a unanimous decision.
Mackenzie said: “Given that I am only a year in to boxing, second in the country is quite a nice feeling.”
Mackenzie made the transition from Thai Boxing last year after four years away from fighting. She trains at the H Hour Boxing club in Harrogate and will fight next on May 27 in an English Title challenger.
However, any hope of emulating Nicola Adams at an Olympic Games is currently on hold as her weight category is not in the Olympic programme.
Mackenzie added: “I want to make the England squad, that’s my aim. I spend all my days telling people to follow their dreams, that’s my dream.
“People will look at me and my size and won’t think I am like I am in the ring. They ask why I am doing it, I always want to be the best I can be.
“Hopefully my success can spur some more girls into the game.”
Meanwhile, Harrogate heavyweight PJ Stubbs reached the last eight at the National finals before exiting the competition.