Who to follow: Team GB's boxers to follow on Twitter during London 2012
As we prepare for the most socially driven Olympics Games in history we continue our look at those athletes to follow on Twitter during London 2012 by moving on to Team GB's boxing hopefuls looking to medal at this year's home Games. As well as the men hoping to emulate Audley Harrison's success at Sydney in 2000, the women are out to make history as London includes female boxing for the first time in Olympics history.
Nicola Adams (@NicolaAdams2012) - The 29 year-old flyweight from Leeds is the most decorated woman in English boxing and current European champion in her division. Adams became the first English woman to win a medal in a major European competition in 2007, first English female to win a medal in a World championships in 2008 and won Great Britain's first female gold medal in China last year when taking home the European crown.
Adams is often tweeting, whether it be banter between friends and fellow athletes, news from training camps or being hauled down the road by her dog, "Just finished walking the dog! Everything was going well until he saw a cat n dragged me down the road :/". Seen as one of the nicest competitors in boxing Adams' personality shines through her tweets and will be a very interesting follow during London 2012.
Anthony Agogo (@AnthonyOgogo) - In April Agogo won silver at the European championships in Turkey to secure his place at London 2012 and the 23 year-old from Lowestoft was Junior Olympic champion in 2004. Captain of the Team GB squad at the European championships, Agogo is in with a good chance of a podium place in the Middleweight division. Agogo finished fourth in Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in 2008 and is a semi-professional model.
As a keen blogger and tweeter, Agogo represents the modern athlete so associated with social media and its use as a marketing, promotional and conversational tool. Agogo is one of the most followed of the Team GB boxing fraternity with over 3,500 followers and is happy to shed light on his training as well as engaging with his fans through the micro-blogging site. Agogo was tweeting his support for England during Euro 2012 with this particular tweet on the Spanish side a highlight; "Damn those olive skinned, silky skilled, L'oreal locked footballing geniuses. We need to turn over Ukraine to avoid said geniuses #BarHumbug".
Luke Campbell (@luke11campbell) - Hoping for bantamweight success in London is Luke Campbell the 2008 European amateur champion from Hull. With that European win in Liverpool, Campbell became the first British boxer since 1961 to win European gold and was described in 2010 by the Team GB Boxing’s Performance Director as the “benchmark” for the rest of the boxers in the squad.
Campbell is another who enjoys a tweet and uses his Twitter to update on training camps and have a laugh with his friends and colleagues. Campbell and Agogo enjoy a bit of ribbing through their handles as highlighted by Campbell's reluctance to let Agogo choose their next film at the cinema, "Heads up @anthonyogogo! Your not picking another film. Red lights at cinema was terrible! Came out the film with no idea what's happened??"
Natasha Jones (@TashaJonas) - Jones was the first woman to compete in Great Britain's colours back in November 2009 and the Liverpudlian lightweight (a rare breed!) is another GB boxer in with a real chance of claiming a medal at the London Games. Jones qualified strongly for the Games, winning the Olympic test event at the Excel Arena in November 2011, beating boxers ranked 2nd, 5th and 7th in the world on the way to claiming gold.
Jones is the most followed of the females in the Team GB squad, with 2,600 and counting, and she tweets regularly on a wide range of topics including her television habits (a fan of Take Me Out), training camp exhaustion and offering re-tweets for a range of charities and other worthy causes which she helps increase the awareness of through her strong following. She can also be philosophical, re-tweeting @TheIlluminati, "For life to be meaningful, add a little sacrifice, subtract anger and hatred, multiply friends and divide love for everyone to share."
Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) - The second most followed boxer of our selection, Joshua, 22, is a Watford boy now living in London who will be eager to medal at the Games in his city of residence. The super heavyweight looks in fine fettle ahead of London 2012 and will be one to watch during this summer's Games.
Joshua is no stranger to the Team GB banter and is a keen conversationist through his Twitter feed. As well as offering insight to his training and preparation for the Olympics, Joshua also seems a true student of the sport and gives thoughts on boxing events the world over as well as showing his support for fellow British fighters, "Wishing at @audley_Harrison a good fight tonight health to you, all the best champ. Also all the best to @Carl_Froch the cobra tonight would love to be there but im on lock down will be watching from home champ".