We were delighted to hear that one of our younger supporters has been going from strength to strength whilst raising awareness of SUPPORT OUR PARAS.
Three years ago, when asked to write about their heroes at school, 12 year old Coan Gildart chose to write about Cpl Mark Wright GC, who was KIA in 2006. Coan’s story was featured in his local paper and copies were sent to us, and Cpl Wright’s parents. Last year, Coan competed in the regional boxing championships, with Cpl Wright’s parents among his supporters when he was in the final.
Up to now, Coan has had 14 bouts, winning 12 of these, and he went on to win the North West England title in April 2015 for the second time, becoming one of very few junior boxers to win it for two consecutive years. Last month he also won the Merseyside/Cheshire title and just last week he won the Midlands title and England quarter final. Coan will be boxing in the All England National Schoolboy Semi-Final next weekend in Worcester.
Coan boxes with the SUPPORT OUR PARAS logo on his shorts and also has Utrinque Paratus embroidered on his waistband. He has been supported at many matches by members of the Regiment, both serving and veterans, and we are grateful to Coan for spreading the word about the charity.
We wish Coan all the very best for the semi-final on Sunday.