Forfar’s ‘Bagpiping Boxer’ plans for 2018 Games

You might meet Forfar resident Lynn Calder in the supermarket or street and not give her a second glance.

But the fact is that Lynn is a successful boxer with four years’ experience, who is on course for representing her country in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is nicknamed ‘The Bagpiping Boxer’.

How did she get into boxing? Lynn explained: “I started boxing upon breaking my ankle playing rugby!

“I did so initially in pursuit of returning to fitness fast with of the greatest efficiency. But I found myself quite good at it, enjoyed it and was ‘hooked’ (if you’ll pardon the pun).”

Her first bout was at the end of 2011 and she now has an impressive record.

Lynn’s tally is 24 bouts - 20 domestic and four international.

She continued: “My achievements to date include: Haringey Box Cup (London) 2012 and 2013 - Silvers; Scottish Novice Champion 2013; Scottish Intermediate Champion 2013 and 2014; Golden Girl (Sweden) 2014 - Silver; Scottish Open Champion 2014 and 2015; and representing Scotland internationally in 2015 in Spain, Poland and Germany.“

She is now on the Commonwealth Games 2018 Programme through Sport Scotland and is supported by NASA.

Lynn, who previously worked as an electrical engineer (Graduate) is now in full-time training.

Self supported and funded, Lynn gets by with the help of her bagpiping, as well as security, stewarding and sports coaching namely through Active Schools.

She would always be grateful for sponsorship though, particularly in this run-up to Commonwealth Games.

Want to know more about Lynn? She boxes for Springhill in Shotts. She trains in various locations: including a basement gym her dad built for her, Angus gyms, Lochside sports centre, SportScotland institutes in Dundee and Glasgow, the Boxing Scotland High Performance Centre and various gyms around the Glasgow area.