BROMSGROVE boxer Owen Allen cannot believe his luck as he finds himself among the finalists for Junior Sportsperson of the Year at this year’s Birmingham Sports Awards.
The outstanding youngster’s achievements have been recognised by his nomination for the Junior Sportsperson of the Year award which will be presented to the winner at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday, September 22.
Allen, 12, took up boxing training as a way to rebuild his achilles tendon following treatment for childhood cancer and the young battler found very early on he had a love of the sport so he expressed his wish to box competitively to his club coach at Jewellery Quarter Boxing.
In October last year, he took part in his first contest which he duly won and has embarked on an incredible journey since that first bout.
Allen has now taken part in seven boxing contests and has been triumphant in all but one in which he narrowly lost out in the final of the 2015/16 National Schools Championship.
And in June this year, Allen emerged from two days of intensive competition as the winner of the Bristol Boxcup.
Allen’s club coach Mick Maguire said: “This is a great honour for Owen in being short-listed for such a prestigious award and he is very deserving of the success he has enjoyed so far in our sport.
“We will keep our feet on the ground and continue to work hard to help Owen achieve his dreams and we wish all the other nominees for the award the very best of luck.
“Owen certainly has not let the nomination go to his head as when I asked him what he thought of being in the final short-list and attending the awards ceremony his reply was ‘does that mean I have to wear a suit?’ “