Bradford College student and European Youth Championships Gold medal winner Mo Ali was invited to an afternoon tea reception at Bradford College on Tuesday 16th December 2014, attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, in honour of his great achievements for Boxing, Bradford College and the City of Bradford.
Mo is one of the latest stars to emerge from the Bradford Police & College Boxing Academy and is taking the boxing world by storm after his latest victory winning Gold at the Zagreb 2014 European Youth Championships.
Mo was joined by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Mike Gibbons, members of the Bradford College Executive and representatives from the Boxing Academy, including Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer, Mally MacIver, Boxing Academy Head Coach and Mick Gannon, former England National Boxing Coach and now Bradford College’s new Elite Programme Coach.
Commenting on how it felt to be honoured, Mo Ali said: “It’s great! I feel really privileged for the success to be recognised by the College. It’s thanks to the College, since I enrolled on the AASE Programme I have improved a lot. I’d just like to thank Mally MacIver, Kevin Smith and Paul Porter for all their help and support.”
Kevin Smith, Mo’s AASE Programme Coach at the College is now the Australia National Boxing Coach and was in ‘attendance’ live from Australia via the internet.
Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer speaking at the event said: “Today is a celebration of what Mo has achieved throughout the year. Finishing the year off with European Gold was obviously fantastic, but the fact that he’d won a national championship, the GB Tri-Nations Championship, Silver at the World Youth Championships and a Bronze in Nanjing, China for the Youth Olympics, then that Gold, is absolutely incredible. It’s the sort of form that you expect from people going on and boxing at the Olympics and winning medals to have on their records. We’re so proud of him!”
Sam Young, a former Bradford College Photography student was also invited to attend the reception to take photographs of Mo Ali with the Lord Mayor of Bradford and Boxing Academyrepresentatives. Since graduating, talented Sam has now become the official registered photographer with England Boxing.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Mike Gibbons speaking directly to Mo during the event said: “It’s great to be here in Bradford to celebrating your great achievements. You have done extremely well, thank you very much for what you do, thank you for being a champion and an ambassador for Bradford.”