Teenage flyweight boxer Jack Bateson has another achievement under his belt – after being appointed as an England ambassador for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Fighting fit | Jack Bateson is in training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Image | Sky Sports)

Fighting fit | Jack Bateson is in training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Image | Sky Sports)

The Leeds-born youngster is currently training hard to reach the Great Britain team for the event, which will be held in Glasgow next summer.

Bateson says he has “very fond memories” of the Commonwealth Youth Games, in which he won a gold medal, and credits much of his current success to this triumph.

He joins former badminton world champion Nathan Robertson and Team GB’s golden gymnast Beth Tweddle as an ambassador to promote the Games and showcase British athletes’ commitment and drive to succeed in next year’s competition.

Bateson has a starring role in the new Commonwealth Games England (CGE) video, titled “We Are England”, in which he is shown sparring and training in preparation for the Games.

He explained: “Hopefully [the video is] inspiring other people to go to the Commonwealth Games, whether it’s next year in Glasgow or further in the future. Hopefully I can inspire others to be involved and make it their aim, like it’s mine.”

As well as his achievements in competitive boxing, which have seen Bateson bring home handfuls of medals every year since 2011, he is an outstanding ambassador for young people.

After starting out in the sport aged nine, Bateson had his first fight at 11 years old, but never neglected his education, passing GSCEs in ten subjects while boxing competitively.

He has since completed a sports-based course at Bradford College which he passed with a triple distinction, the highest-possible grade, and has started a foundation degree in sports coaching.

In the current climate of widely-disaffected young people and criminal activity, Bateson’s commitment and attitude show outstanding maturity. He praises his family’s support and the “many great people” from his childhood.

Bateson said; “My dad has always come along to my tournaments and shows a lot of support. He’s inspired me to go on and achieve at this level. I’d be nowhere without him, to be honest.

“I think everyone should respect each other. The impact of boxing is massive. It gets kids off the streets and teaches them how to be disciplined.”

He will take to the ring again next week at the International Boxing Association World Championships in Kazakhstan before returning home to continue training for Glasgow.

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