• Barry McReynolds
  • Lucy Taylor
  • Sally Brown
  • Kurt	Walker
  • Namphon Steele
  • Morgan Berryman

Barry McReynolds

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I first got into boxing at the age of nine when my dad took me to the local boxing club.

What do you enjoy the most about being a sportsperson?

The thing I enjoy the most about being a sportsperson is the friends I have made, not just in boxing but in all kinds of sports. 

Who is your sporting hero and why?

My sporting hero is Carl Frampton. He's a local lad and very down to earth. He is a world champion and he is a boxer. 

What does a typical week look like for you?

My week consists of going to school Monday to Friday. when I get home I do my homework, have my dinner and go to training from 5.30pm till 8pm. Every second Sunday I go to Dublin to train with the Ireland team, training starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm.  

How will your SportsAid Award help you?

My SportsAid Award will be of great help to me because at my age there is no funding available. Travel and boxing equipment can be very expensive, not just travelling to tournaments but also travelling for sparring. I am very grateful for your help - thank you. 

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

The thing that motivates me most is that I'd like to see how far I can get in my chosen sport, as Carl Frampton and so many other Irish boxers have shown it is possible to get to the top.

Who is your biggest influence in your life and why?

The most influential people in my life are my parents and my coaches, who without all their hard work, I would not have achieved the things I've achieved so far. 

Has sport changed your life?

Boxing has changed my life in a big way. I've been lucky enough to make lots of friends, not just from boxing in Belfast but friends now from all over the world.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I like to spend time with my friends, whether going to the movies or going for something to eat. I also like to relax and recover from training.

Key achievements

  • 2014 (Dec): awarded schoolboy boxer of the year
  • 2014: Schoolboy European championships, captained his country
  • 2014: awarded young sports personality of the year by Belfast City Council
  • 2 times European silver medallist
  • 5 times Irish champion
  • 6 times Antrim champion
  • 4 times Ulster champion

Aims

  • To keep working hard and to learn from my mistakes and see where life takes me. I won't make predictions as I know that tomorrow is promised to no one.
Last Updated: 1st January 1970
  • Sport: Boxing
  • Region: Northern Irel&
  • Supporter: OCS
“My SportsAid Award will be of great help to me because at my age there is no funding available. Travel and boxing equipment can be very expensive, not just travelling to tournaments but also travelling for sparring. I am very grateful for your help - thank you. ”