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24 Jan 2014

​Having hooked himself a Gold medal in the British University and Colleges (BUCS) Boxing Championships and scored a Sportsman of the Year title, a keen sportsman from the University of Chester now has a Sports Coaching degree under his boxing belt.

Elliot Dillon, who is set to graduate today with a 2:1 degree at Chester Cathedral on November 7, has had an impressive three years’ studying at the institution’s Warrington Campus.
Elliot Dillon 
In his final year alone the 21-year-old claimed the 86-91kg heavyweight champion title earlier this year – which in turn led to him winning Chester Students’ Union’s Sports Person of the Year at its annual Presentation Evening.

A lifelong sportsman, Isle of Man born and New Zealand-bred, Elliot’s love of boxing began as a child when he used to stay up and watch matches on the television with his dad. However, he didn’t take up the sport himself until he had been living overseas for a few years.

“I’ve been boxing on and off since I was about 14. When we moved to the Isle of Man I went to my cousin’s boxing club because I wanted to compete like him, and that’s really how it all started,” says Elliot.

“I really enjoyed it and it turned out that it was something that came quite naturally to me. I started seriously competing when I was 17. I had two bouts, but I lost them quite dramatically. At that point, I decided to stop boxing for a while until I had matured as a senior.”

Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, winning his class in the BUCS Class A semi-final, as well as the Championship finals, and claiming his Gold medal.
He said: “It was great experience. I love the buzz you get from knowing you have a championship bout coming up.”
As well as his University boxing commitments, Elliot is a committed member of Phoenix Fire Amateur Boxing Club, on Winwick Road in Warrington, where he is also a coach. In addition to this, he is involved with the National Citizen Service, mentoring 16-25-year-olds from a mixture of backgrounds and learning abilities, and carries out work experience the Warrington Wolves Academy teams to develop his coaching skills.

Now studying for his Master’s in Sports Science at the University, focussing on strength and conditioning, Elliot intends to continuing competing while studying and hopes to eventually achieve a national title.
He said: “My short term goals are to continue to compete at boxing at the highest level I can while achieving my Master’s. My medium term goals are to achieve a national title for boxing and either work as a coach or with the governing body helping to develop the sport. Ultimately, I would like to make it as an elite coach in the sport.”