It took a split second for Shannia Richardson-Gordon to reach out to a young boxer who had just been defeated. In that moment, she began her journey to create her own mobile boxing gym and altered her future trajectory.
Shannia Richardson-Gordon, social studies student from the School of Education & Communities, is the founder of Power Mobile Gym, which helps young students gain a sense of purpose and improve their fitness and confidence through her free boxing classes. She started boxing at 11 and has since become a boxing coach and now founder of this inspiring gym.
Shannia, pictured left, said, "I witnessed a young 16-year-old boy lose a boxing match and he was visibly upset. He became angry and said he wanted to give up. As a boxer and coach, and knowing the benefits, I had to step in. He became my first student and I have never looked back."
Power mobile gym now has around 150 youth who attend the free classes. These classes, offered to vulnerable youth, ages 13-20, take place in various parks in east and southeast London, such as Thamesmead (Gallions Hill) and Wellington Park. As the first few months of these new classes took place during the pandemic, it was a welcome escape from deprivation and isolation.