Engineering student Lewis is a heavyweight success

engineering-student-lewis-is-a-heavyweight-successA Warwick Trident College engineering student is juggling combining his studies with a blossoming boxing career.

Lewis Williams, 18, from Whitnash is currently in the second year of his BTEC Level 3 Engineering course and is part of the Team England squad as well as his home gym, Cleary’s in Leamington Spa.

Lewis, who started boxing when he was just 9, was spotted at competitions by the Team England selectors and now regularly attends training camps with the best boxers from across the country. He represented England for the first time at the World Youth Championships in Russia at the end of 2016. Lewis, who was in the 91kg heavyweight division, reached the quarter finals, narrowly missing out on a medal.

He said, “I’m doing engineering as I don’t want to just rely on sport. It’s difficult to keep on top of everything, especially as I’m training every day, or off to training camps, but I put in the extra hours to catch up. My tutors have been good with me so far – they understand the situation.

“The Championships in Russia were a great experience, although I was obviously disappointed not to get a medal. Now I’m moving into the senior division so my aim is to win the senior ABA championships and move towards a GB call up.

“Boxing aside, I’d like to go for an apprenticeship once I’ve finished my course – I especially enjoy CAD and design, so something in that area would be great.”

Head of Engineering at WCG, Colin Meikle said, “We are incredibly proud of Lewis and his achievements. He is dedicated to his sport but he puts in the extra effort to keep up with his studies and make up the time he might have missed through training or competitions which is fantastic – a great example to all of our students.”

For more information about engineering courses at Warwick Trident and Rugby Colleges go to www.wcg.ac.uk or call 0300 456 0049.

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