Inspiring Others Changing Lives
Stacey leads a busy life, holding down a full time job alongside training and competing, however, she believes it is very important to give back and inspire others. This is because she knows she would never have had the opportunities within sport if it wasn’t for the numerous people who gave their time and energy to help make it possible for her.
Stacey uses sport as a way to engage with people from all walks of life and she has coached, mentored, given talks, and sports sessions at homeless shelters, refugee shelters, juvenile detention centres, adolescent rehab centres, children’s homes and schools. Whilst in the States, Stacey ran several community projects and her university named an award in her honour (the Stacey Copeland community service award) which is presented each year to an athlete who demonstrates outstanding community service efforts. Stacey now work in a school and has the privilege of trying to make a difference to our young people every day; she sees this as one of the best things about being an athlete and she is excited about the opportunity to work with Sporting Champions and hopefully inspire other young people to get involved in sport.
Stacey helped to make an impact to young people’s lives and raise their aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing her secret of what it takes to be the best you can be!
"Stacey's passion, honesty and clear drive for her sport and women's participation in sport in general was a true inspiration. She was just what we were looking for to deliver a women's intro to boxing and was an integral part of the panel, with great opinions, stories to tell and fantastic engagement with the audience. Can we have her back again please?"
Emma Mackenzie-Hogg, University of Leeds, USAF
Boxing plays a big role in Stacey’s family, her dad was a professional boxer and her granddad has run the family gym for over 40 years. From a young age she learnt the basics in the gym, attended boxing shows, and grew to love the atmosphere and everything about the sport. She always wanted to be a part of it, however at that time, there were no opportunities within boxing for females.
As a youngster,Stacey also loved football and after joining a local team her sports career truly took off. She played for Doncaster Belles in the Premier League, England U18s, and eventually went on a football scholarship to America graduating with a degree in Sociology. After graduation Stacey played in the women’s semi-pro league in Dallas, and finished her football career in Stockholm, Sweden for Vasalunds FC.
Returning home from Sweden, injuries meant Stacey could no longer play football at elite level but she was not ready to give up competitive sport. Having always boxed for fitness, and having a real passion for the sport Stacey decided aged 29 to finally pursue her first sporting dreams of becoming a competitive boxer. Stacey was very much aware that this was ‘old’ to be taking up a new sport, especially such a tough and male dominated sport, but she was determined to give it everything. She began training, lost 5kg for her first fight, and won; the nerves before that first fight were like nothing Stacey had ever experienced before! The feeling when her hand was raised at the end was the best feeling ever, and that was it, Stacey was hooked!
She reached the ABA national final in her first year but had to pull out due to illness, however she recovered and went onto win two ABA national titles, as well as four Boxcup tournaments in Europe.
In 2013 Stacey attended an emerging talent camp at GB boxing, and the experience made her want to take boxing to the next level. The following year she competed in her first international contest winning a tough contest against a New Zealand opponent and following this, Stacey was selected to represent England at the European Boxing Championships. To box in the welterweight category she had to drop a further 6kg, so began a strict diet and training programme. Stacey arrived at the European Championships with less than 20 bouts experience and was in awe of the whole experience; however, trusting her coaches and team mates advice she gave her all in each fight. She reached the final beating the Italian champion, the Russian number one seed, and the Irish national champion along the way and although she did not win the final, Stacey was delighted to come away from her first major competition with a silver medal.
It just shows that no matter what obstacles are in your way, whether it be age, injuries, or anything else, if you work really hard and give everything then you can achieve amazing things!
2015 Nations Cup Gold Medallist in Serbia and won the best boxer of the tournament award.
2014 European silver medallist
Two time ABA national champion
2013 Golden Girl Swedish Boxcup Champion / Malmo Boxcup finalist
2012 Haringey Boxcup champion
England U18’s – European Championships quarter finals
Doncaster Belles (FA Cup and charity shield finals)
Scholarship in America playing football at St. Edward’s University
Dallas Fort Worth FC / Vasalunds FC (Stockholm) women’s semi-pro league
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