Sandy, from Alvaston, Derby is a true inspiration in female sport and the boxing world. Born on the 16th September 1993 in Derby, is a British amateur boxer who is affiliated with One Nation Amateur Boxing Club, coached by Clifton Mitchell. During her formative years she played football for St'George's in Derby and aspired to play for Derby County Ladies Football Club, with the dream that one day she may even play for England. However the day came when she sat with her father for advice, and discussed her options with deep regard to her future. She chose to pursue a career in boxing after being truly inspired by her brother Dave; himself a professional champion boxer. She first set foot in the gym aged 15. By age 18 she was paired with her first opponent, and has never looked back. A year later she went on to win her first England Boxing National Elite title aged just 19. In 2014 she joined the GB Boxing squad and was swiftly promoted to the Podium squad.
The Podium squad is the senior group and is made-up of male and female boxers that are expected to compete and win medals at major international competitions and the Olympic Games. The Podium squad are full-time athletes and train from Monday to Thursday at GB Boxing’s headquarters at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield. The boxers also take part in training camps around the world with other nations and compete at competitions sanctioned by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and its European counterpart, the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC).
Her career highlight came at the 2014 World Championships in Jeju City, South Korea, where she won a light-welterweight silver medal in her first ever major international championship. From there Sandy represented Team GB at the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015, where she won a bronze medal. She then won her second England Boxing title in 2016. Sandy was selected to represent Team England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, it was there on Gold Coast where she really put her name on the map, when she beat Rosie Eccles of Wales to become Commonwealth Gold Medallist and Welterweight Champion in the 64-69 kg category.
Sandy works with local community organisation Sporting Communities to engage with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who face challenges on a daily basis and have limited positive role models. She is currently looking to set up free community boxing sessions to inspire the next generation of young female boxers that will be free to for the community to access.
Her sight is now firmly set on competing in the Tokyo Olympics for GB Boxing in 2020. When she is not boxing Sandy enjoys going out to dinner and cinema. She’s well known in camp for her love of ice cream and smoothies. Like many of her teammates, Sandy’s boxing idol is Muhammad Ali. On her senior championship debut in 2014, she won a World Championship silver medal.
A lot of my recent success has come from the way I am as a person now.... NOTHING can distract me or get in the way of my goals! Ima just SMILE through any situation.
You've got Sandy Ryan who I'm really fond of, and I think she's fantastic. She's getting a real following in Derby Adam Smith @SkyAdamSmith (Head of Boxing at Sky Sports - Pound Podcast 23/1/2019 - 30mins in.