A Fraserburgh boxer has taken her first international gold in Finland.
Lynn Calder, 31, who is also the reigning Scottish and British Elite champion, won two bouts to win the 64-69kg category at the HSK Box Cup in Hillerod, Denmark.
Across three three- minute rounds, she despatched Finland’s Anu Lammi 5-0 before recording the same win margin over Lilli Ahlstedt.
Calder, who usually fights at light-welterweight, said: “It’s taken a lot of hard work and effort (to get to this stage). Five or six years of full commitment.
“Most of the people I face have been boxing since they were eight or nine, are now in their 20s and have double or treble my experience.
“I’ve been supported by heaps of people – including Aberdeenshire Council, who gave me a capacity grant.
“It’s not just down to me, but it’s taken me to travel to these places. It’s been hard, but I’ve now reaped the benefits of the work.”
Calder suffered the disappointment of not being selected for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, despite winning the Scottish title in March – but she’s continued to push on.
She said: “I’ve still been training, then won the British title in June and kept training again.
“The other (Scottish) women went to Balkan (annual tournament in Bulgaria), but it was short notice from the organisation, so I looked out my own tournaments.”
Most of Calder’s training takes place in Arbroath, Shotts and Glasgow, something she says leaves her going “up and down the road like crazy”.
She also has to factor in working full-time on Shell’s engineering graduate scheme.
Calder is disappointed to not have been selected for the world championships, again thinking she was in with a shout of going.
However, she has no plans to leave the amateurs for the growing professional ranks – yet.
She said: “I’ll just keep doing as many international tournaments as I can for myself.”