Army Support 'Spurs Me On', GB Boxer Says Ahead Of Olympic Qualifier

Gunner Karriss Artingstall aims to compete for Great Britain at this year's Olympic Games.

Great Britain and British Army boxer Gunner Karriss Artingstall says the support from her service "spurs" her on as she looks for Olympic qualification.

Gnr Artingstall, who serves in the Royal Artillery, is part of the GB Squad for the Olympic qualifier at the Copper Box Arena on 14 March.

The military fighter has had an impressive year for her country and won a bronze medal at the European Championships.

"Looking back on it now, I am happy," she said.

"I’ve achieved and won three major medals at back-to-back tournaments, which is massive.

"If you look at some of the people on the squad or just in different countries, and they’ve not achieved the medals in the short space of time that I have.

"I sit back and I think 'What can I achieve four years down the line?'.

"I don’t pinch myself because I know what I am capable of.

"It does shock me sometimes that I just been away to the World Championships and won a bronze medal.

"Hopefully, I’ll qualify and do one better in the Olympics."

The Royal Artillery has two representatives in the GB squad training in Sheffield.

Artingstall no longer represents the Army at tournaments, but always carries her military ties with her in the ring.

"When I walk to the ring, I’m still proud to be part of the Army even though I’m not wearing the Army vest.

"The support and backing I get from the Army, especially my regiment, is unbelievable.

"It does spur you on that little bit more.

"It’s just a nice feeling to know that I am still part of the British Army."

Gunner Tori Ellis-Willets also joins Artingstall in the GB camp, but the Birmingham-born boxer is aiming for a homecoming at the next Commonwealth Games.

She said: "I've got that other four years within me and obviously, the Commonwealth Games is in Birmingham.

"It’s my hometown so I just want to get there and get the job done."