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Stuart O'Connor - Head Coach
Stuart is a Level 4 Advanced Boxing Coach, a coach educator and an AIBA 3 star International coach. He is formerly the lead coach for England Elite Women and the national coach for Antigua and Barbuda. He is currently the head coach for the Royal Navy and Combined Services Boxing Associations. Stuart has decided to share his wealth of experience outside of the Naval Service. Qualified as a Coach Educator and Assessor, Stuart can teach and assess coaching courses up to and including Advanced Level 4. Click here for more information about Stuart.
Lucy O'Connor - Club Chairman and Coach
Lucy retired as an international boxer in 2012 having boxed for England/GB for 7 years. During her career she was the first ever British woman to win a European Gold Medal, she was ranked in the top 5 in the world at three different weights and selected as part of the Olympic preparation squad she captained the inaugural Great Britain Women's Boxing Team. Forced to depart the GB Squad on the grounds of ill health, Lucy had the honour to commentate for the BBC on the women's Olympic competition and now acts as one of their boxing analysts. Qualified as a Level 2 Coach in 2010 she has turned her hand to coaching and is currently under training to become a sports therapist. Click here for more about Lucy.
Dave McElwee - Club Coach
Dave has been a coach since 2001 and is currently a Level 3 Boxing Coach. As a former boxer he has been involved in the sport for over 20 years. Formerly head coach for the Naval Air Command, HMS Heron boxing teams, and head Coach for the Royal Navy Ladies Boxing team, he currently assists the Royal Navy Coach to deliver full time boxing training to the elite squad and has coached on a recent England versus Great Britain tournament. Dave has decided to expand outside the Navy and share his knowledge and experience in to encourage more people to get involved in the sport he loves. He offers his spare time between Poseidon and his local club in Leicester where his wife, Zoe, currently boxes.
Sean Anderson - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Sean has been employed as a specialist instructional officer of physical training for the British Army since graduating with BSc (Hons) in Sport & PE back in 2006. Sean also has experience working with a number of elite sports clubs including Aldershot Town FC and the Army Boxing Team and has advised a number of international sportsmen. He has recently completed a Masters Degree in Strength and Conditioning and he is an essential part of the Poseidon coaching team.
Dave Bebbington - Elite Performance Coach
Dave is a master practitioner in neurolinguistic programming (NLP), an expert in coaching and leadership development and an Elite Performance Coach. He offers Poseidon an essential resource of a sport and social psychological practitioner. A Naval Officer, he has developed these skills over 30 years in the Service and has recently been appointed the elite performance coach for the Royal Navy Rugby League, the Royal Navy Rugby Union and the Royal Navy Football Association with whom he has engendered significant success. Dave agreed to join Team Poseidon to assist members (competitive and recreational) and coaches to develop socially and psychologically in order to achieve their full potential. Click here for more about Dave.
Lester Bevan - Club Coach
A former competitive boxer, Lester took over the reins of Eastleigh Boxing Club housed at The Hub. Eastleigh boxing club runs a fitness boxing session on a Monday night and when he is not there Lester is a key member of the Poseidon coaching team. An experienced Level 1 coach, Lester is a regular at Poseidon sessions and is wonderful at catering for all levels of ability and exprerience; whether it is fitness sessions or competitive skill development. His exceptionally talented son, Taylor, boxes for Poseidon and we hope they are both long term members of the Poseidon team.
Chris Smith - Club Coach and Nutritional Advisor
Chris is a level 2 boxing coach who has been involved in boxing for over 20 years. He has represented Hampshire as a Junior boxer. Formerly a PTI in the army he both competed and coached for the Corps of Royal Engineers. After leaving the army Chris worked in the fitness industry having completed the Premiere Diploma specialising in weight management and is currently studying nutrition, hoping to put this to good use to educate boxers on effective weight management. Chris is now currently serving in the Royal Navy where he continues to coach. He is also a qualified judge and the Royal Navy's Officials Secretary. When time allows Chris shares his wealth and experience at Poseidon and his wife is a regular Poseidon member.
Kirsty Rennie - Boxing Leader
Kirsty has always followed professional boxing and enjoys taking part in boxercise classes for her own health and fitness. Her two boys are now Poseidon members and as she spends so much time at the club with them she has taken the opportunity to support the club and learn to coach in order to assist the junior members. Kirsty's working background is with children so she has the skills to engage the children and get them more involved in the sessions and activities that Poseidon has to offer.
Dan Rush - Club Coach
Dan joined Poseidon as a boxer three years ago shortly after the club opened. Having reached the level of black belt and 1st Dan in martial arts he was looking for another challenge. Dan trains every day with Poseidon and on top of that he began helping to coach the junior members. He had a talent for coaching and he was soon welcomed into the coaching team having recently qualified as a level 1 coach. Dan also acts as our disability champion, helping to ensure we are a fully inclusive club.
Samantha Beer - Club Coach
Sam brought her two children, Rhys and Laurell, to Poseidon two years ago. Both are exceptionally talented sportspeople and Sam was not unfamiliar with ferrying them to sports clubs across the county. With Laurell being a former international gymnast and Rhys a budding footballer, they decided on a new challenge of boxing. Sam, as with many parents, patiently waited whilst both children took part in the sessions. Watching the sessions and learning about boxing, she decided on the 'can't beat them, join them' approach and we are delighted that she has recently qualified as a Level 1 boxing coach.
Joe Vaughan - Club Coach
Joe has spent much time in and around boxing clubs with his son George. Shortly after Poseidon opened, Joe brought George along to see what the new club was like and they have been members ever since. George has competed numerous times for Poseidon and Joe showed a great talent for coaching both junior and senior members of the club. Now qualified as a Level 1 coach, Joe is an integral part of the Poseidon coaching team and has a fantastic coaching style. He has encouraged his daughter Abigail to come along too so its a real family affair.
Dave Evans - Club Coach
Dave joined Poseidon as a member two years ago in order to improve his fitnessr in a fun environment. Taking an interest in the competitive side of the club he set himself the target of competing before he reached the compulsory retirement age in amateur boxing. He did so after some hard training he represented Poseidon at a Multinations championship in Denmark and at our home dinner show at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. Now retired from competitive boxing he has qualified as a Level 1 boxing coach and attends regularly with his sone Harry a budding boxing champion.
Grant Atkinson - Club Coach
Grant's son Joe trained with Poseidon ABC and has competed for the club on a number of occasions. A fan of watching boxing, Grant had little experience of amateur boxing or coaching himself. But as a regular gym goer he has a good knowledge of physcial training and wanted to get involved in the club and support his son. So without much boxing experience Grant began to help coach sessions and showed a great talent and a few months later qualified as a Level 1 boxing coach - a fantastic achievement and Grant is an integral part of the Poseidon coaching team.
Stephen Harrigan -Boxing Leader
Steve is a recent joiner at Poseidon having brought his son Max to the club for the first time. Max has a passion for boxing and Steve is one of the many parents 'dragged along'. He showed an interest in getting involved and helping to coach the juniors. He has a great eye for boxing and a wonderful way with the children. He is soon to attend the Boxing Leaders course and he will be a fantastic addition to the club.