A TEENAGE boxer has described the chaotic scenes as she was crowned Commonwealth Youth Games champion after landing the title in the Bahamas.

A-Level student Georgia O’Connor, of Durham, flew to the tropical islands last month after she was selected to represent England at the games earlier this year.

Her gold medal bout against 18-year-old Canadian Naomie Pelletier was stopped in the second round, shortly before the referee announced Georgia had triumphed.

“At first I wasn’t sure whether the fight had been stopped or not,” she said. “Everyone was jumping around and shouting that it was over but my coach looked at me and told me to stay calm, then the referee said that was it.

“I knocked her flat on her back during the first round, and the referee starting counting, so going into the second round I felt confident.

“Then when the referee waved his arms and told us to go back to our corners I knew that was it. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life, the whole England team was there watching and supporting and I was so happy to make them proud.”

Georgia, who started boxing when she was only four years old, fought last out of all of the England finalists, securing the seventh gold medal for the team.

The Durham sixth-form student trains with her father, John, up to twice a day, five days a week. She has travelled to Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey and Sweden with the sport and has her eye on the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires next year.

Vicki Williams, Georgia’s mother, said: “The first time Georgia went away she was only 15 and it was really difficult for us letting her go, but I knew she would be fine and she was doing what she wanted to do.

“It’s still a tug when she goes now but I know she’s safe. I had a feeling that she was going to win this fight, as a parent I think you just know.”

Georgia’s parents watched live from their front room at home in Durham, staying up past midnight to speak to their daughter.

Miss Williams added: “Our neighbours must have been wondering what on earth was going on because we were really shouting for Georgia.

“We were willing her to come on and it was so nerve-wracking to watch. We were absolutely over the moon when she won. She makes us so immensely proud every day, and not just with her boxing achievements but everything she does, she is such a lovely person.”

Georgia is currently studying A-Levels in English language, law and sociology and enjoys playing the guitar and singing when she isn’t training or studying.

She added: “I’d like to compete at the Olympics eventually, that would be my long-term goal, and maybe coach after that. I’d like to give something back.

“I do a lot of running early on a morning and my Dad used to always say that it would all pay off and it would all be worth it, and I feel like he was right because it is now.

“I would like to thank my England coaches, Mick Driscoll, Ben Stewart and Sharon Holford for all of their support and also the team manager David Thorley.

“Going to the Youth Commonwealth Games was an amazing experience and I will never ever forget it.”