Army boxer Megan is a major force in the ring

Borders boxer Megan Reid could well prove to be a secret weapon in the army’s sporting arsenal.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 3:30 pm
Megan (left) has powered her way to a top five world ranking

The 30-year-old, from Duns, has climbed into fifth place in the world rankings for her weight – and has her eyes on the number one slot.

A member of the army’s Elite Boxer Group, Megan attended primary and secondary school in Duns before leaving at 16 to join the military. “I had always been keen on serving and wanted to see the world,” she explained. “I serve in the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) and my trade within is communication specialist.

“I started boxing around six years ago, through the army, purely out of curiosity and because I knew it was great for fitness. From there, I worked my way up and secured a place on to the Army Boxing Team.”

Megan has competed at many tournaments with the military squad, such as the annual Eindhoven Box Cup, while she and her colleagues visited Ukraine a few years ago to train with its national team.

“We get to travel and see the world while doing the sport we love and work hard for, which is great,” she added. “I am also the current team captain for the Army Boxing Team.”

Megan also made history at her local Scottish club, Leith AAC, by becoming its first elite female champion.

She won the Scottish Elite Championships in 2019 and, from there, was selected for the Boxing Scotland Elite Boxing Group.

“The group gives me the best training, such as individual coaching, to work on technical abilities, support and experience to compete at international level,” added Megan. “I represented Scotland at the 2018 Women’s World Championships in India, then in the 2019 Women’s European Boxing Championships in Madrid and the 2019 Women’s World Championships in Russia, where I won against Vietnam and then came across the world number one, China, in the quarter-finals.”

Delighted with her numer five ranking by the International Boxing Association, Megan said: “I’m always striving to be better so, of course, I’d love to be ranked number one in the world at my weight category one day. It would be amazing to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games 2022 – that’s my ambition and main goal.”

The coronavirus pandemic had put paid to comeptition for the time being but Megan added: “I’m still training , keeping fit and healthy, ready for when things get back to ‘normal’, which is hopefully soon.”

Megan’s mum, Maggie Shaw, hoped her daughter’s story might be encouraging for other youngsters who were interested either in joining the army or taking up the sport.

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