Sports Achievement Award - Kate Bridgen
A Redruth Woman has been recognised for her outstanding sports achievement at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes awards in association with Truro and Penwith College, held at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives on Friday Night.
Katy Bridgen was presented with the award, sponsored by Day Lewis Pharmacy.
This year’s award goes to a young woman who, despite having a difficult life, has had success in pretty much any sport she’s tried.
Katy Bridgen from Redruth was British Judo Champion as a child and became a football coach for young girls when she left school.
Whilst busy training to be a dental nurse, Kate took up boxing and won the Amateur BBA national title after only a year in the sport.
She’s given up chocolate and nights out with friends to train – and even wore boxing gloves on her wedding day.
On top of all this, the twenty-five year old still found the time to care for her blind Great Uncle until he recently passed away.
Kate was nominated by her mother-in-law who describes her as a real sports’ achiever…
Kate Bridgen’s Nomination from Mia Bridgen
Kate has always been sporty and as a child was British Judo champion. After leaving school she dedicated a lot of her time to being a successful football coach for young girls. Kate who is 25 had to give up the coaching about 3 years ago as it clashed with her dentistry training. Not one to sit still Kate decided to take up boxing as a form of keeping fit. It soon became apparent to her coach that she had a natural talent for the sport and was soon recognised in the amateur female boxing area as a talent to watch. After winning local and regional bouts she then went on to the national finals of the Amateur British Boxing Association competition and went on to win the national title. This was achieved after only approximately a year in the sport. what make this achievement even more remarkable is that Kate has had to train against men as there is a real lack of female boxers in Cornwall.
She then started training regularly with the British Boxing Squad and is widely recognised as one of the countries top female boxers in her class. She has won all but one of her matches winning often against women a lot bigger than herself. She has put her coaching skills to good use once again and has been involved in training her sister, brother and neighbour. Her sister Tia and brother Kieran are now also making a name for themselves in the sport.
Kate deserves this award as throughout her difficult life she has excelled in various sports and been British champion in two different sports. Its important to mention that she has done this in her home county of Cornwall, unlike many sports people who feel the need to move around the country for the specialist facilities in their chosen sport.
As well as this she has dedicated her young life to coaching girls football and impressively has also managed to break into a sport which is mainly male dominated and in a short period of time has progressed from first putting on the boxing gloves to being national champion. This has taken a huge amount of time and dedication and it is a testament to Kate that she has done this alongside studying and working for her Dental Nurse qualification and also at the same time looking after her 90 year old blind great great uncle who sadly has recently passed away. She didn’t even have time to organise her wedding last June and had to rely on her now husband to make all the arrangements. She even got married with her boxing gloves on made especially for the day and gave the locals in Crete a quick show of her prowess in her wedding dress, it was a sight to behold.
Kate is a real sports achiever and I think she wholly deserves this award.