Swoffers has agreed a sponsorship arrangement with boxer Billy Le Poullain, the recently crowned CI Sports Personality of the Year who will be representing Guernsey at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast this April.
Billy, who grew up in Alderney and is now living in Guernsey, is the first ever Guernsey/Alderney boxer to compete at the Commonwealth Games. At just 22 years old, he has already built up an impressive list of achievements and his record currently stands at 46 wins from 63 contests. Billy’s titles include Senior Western Counties Champion Welterweight 2017 and National Championship Semi-Finalist 2017. In 2017 he was also awarded the Guernsey Press Sporting Achievement of the Year and the Guernsey Sport Commission Outstanding Sport Achievement.
Andre Austin, Director of Swoffers, said: ‘We are thrilled to be supporting Billy by providing funding for his preparation for the Commonwealth Games, which has included him attending training camps off-island. Beyond the Games there is a lot to look forward to, with big events later in the year. The popularity of boxing has soared, and there’s a growing appreciation of the skills involved and the dedication required to succeed. We see Billy as a great Brand Ambassador for Swoffers: he’s a fantastic role model for his sport and his hard work and commitment have really impressed us.’
Billy said: ‘I am delighted and overwhelmed to have received this incredible level of support. It has allowed me to dedicate my time to the intense training needed to compete at a high level. Without this support, I would have to sacrifice more of my time to earn enough to afford just the essentials. I extend my sincere thanks to Swoffers for their help on my sporting journey, and will remember this throughout any future success I may experience.’
With a little over three weeks to go until the Gold Coast 2018 opening ceremony, Channel Islanders will be rooting for Billy as he steps into the ring.