Boxer Coan Gildart will wear paratroopers' and Help for Heroes colours when he steps into the ring for Leigh ABC at Hindley
7:20am Monday 26th August 2013 in NW
TALENTED young boxer Coan Gildart will get into the ring next month proudly wearing the insignia of the Parachute Regiment and a Help for Heroes emblem on his shorts.
The 10 year-old from Hindley Green has had a deep interest in the armed forces since he was five and hopes to one day to box for England and the Parachute Regiment.
His father, Geoff, told the Journal: “At school Coan was asked to write a story about his hero. Unlike some of his friends who chose to write about Wayne Rooney, Coan wrote about Paratrooper Mark Wright, who was awarded the George Cross but tragically died serving in Afghanistan.”
Mark’s parents set up a charity in their son’s honour to help soldiers returning from war zones adapt to civilian life and Coan’s parents Geoff and Debbie sent the story to them.
Geoff explained: “They were made up, they sent him t-shirts and badges and said they were very proud of him. We then contacted the Parachute Regiment and Help for Heroes, they were amazed a boy of 10 had shown such an interest and pride in our armed forces.”
Coan will proudly wear the Parachute Regiment and Help for Heroes colours when he steps into the ring for Leigh Amateur Boxing Club against the North West England on September 20 at the Monaco.
The Gildarts are grateful to sponsors Martin and Teresa Rhoden of Body Image fitness centre and photographer Alison Palomba.
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