Meet boxer Lewis Johnstone, recently selected to represent Team Scotland at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in July.
Lewis is a multiple Scottish and British age-group champion and represented Scotland at the 2015 World Junior Championships. He is a also a double European Junior Championship bronze medallist, reaching the podium in both 2015 and 2016. Lewis has also had a great start to 2017 with silver at the GB Three Nations Youth Championships and performed brilliantly in his international Youth debut with a bronze medal at the 2017 Pavlyukov Multi-Nation Tournament in Russia, commonly dubbed the ‘Youth World Cup’.
We asked Lewis more about himself and how he’s feeling about representing Team Scotland on the other side of the world:
I’m looking forward to representing my country in a multi-sport event for the first time, especially with the Commonwealth Games being such a popular competition.
I’ve always been about in the boxing gym because my dad was a coach. I was about 10 before I started competing.
The opportunities it’s given me to travel the world are amazing and I can’t wait to experience the Bahamas this summer.
Most people don’t know that, in amateur tournaments, you have to fight up to five times for the gold medal.
I will train three times a day, as well as going to Scotland training sessions. This will include a multi-nation training camp in Ireland in the weeks before the Youth Games.
Lewis will represent Team Scotland in the 81kg category at Bahamas 2017, which takes place from 18-23 July. We wish him all the best with his preparation and look forward to seeing him in the ring in the Bahamas!
Find out more about Lewis in his Athlete Profile and about Team Scotland’s past success in Boxing at the Commonwealth Youth Games on our Youth Games Boxing page.
As part of Team Scotland’s build up to the Youth Games, we’re featuring each sport on the programme with articles, interviews and more. Keep checking the Team Scotland website for more on Boxing and the other sports at Bahamas 2017 and look for #CYGSportFocus on our social media channels.