Two Bolton College students collect two top sporting accolades

Bradley Strand, left, and Zac Miller

Bradley Strand, left, and Zac Miller

First published in News

STUDENTS proved they are a class act both in and out of college.

Zac Miller, and Bradley Strand, who are both aged 16, are back at Bolton College after clinching two impressive sporting accolades.

Zac has been recognised for his sporting efforts at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships, while Bradley has beaten his way to the top of his game, gaining a national boxing title.

The SPAR European Cross Country Championships took place in Belgrade, Serbia, with 570 athletes from 36 countries taking part.

Zac competed in the under-20s category and finished an impressive 31st out of 100.

The under-20s Great Britain and Northern Ireland team also narrowly missed out on the bronze medal, finishing in fourth place.

Tony Challinor, Bolton College boxing coach and assessor, said: “We’re all extremely proud of Zac’s achievements — not only for the ranking he achieved, but the fact that he is the youngest person to be selected for the British team, competing against people three years his senior.”

Bradley brought back the national boxing title after competing in the National Association of boxing clubs for young people tournament.

The keen boxer, who has been involved in the sport since 2007, fought off tough competition in his weight category and was crowned the champion in the 54 kilo group.

He said: “Boxing has been a major part my life over the past six years — I’ve worked extremely hard and gained so much from my lecturers and coaches at Bolton College and the Gloves Community Centre.

“I look forward to another year of successful fights and fending off the competition for my national championship title.”

Both are studying on the level three advanced apprenticeship in sporting excellence at Bolton College.

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