A SCOTS tiling teacher has left his day job behind, as he’s set to make his Commonwealth debut at this 12 months’s Video games.
Edinburgh-based bantamweight boxer Matthew McHale takes his place with Staff Scotland at this 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games being held in Birmingham.
The 26-year-old’s day job includes serving to individuals begin new careers in tiling with Edinburgh firm Trades Coaching College, while most of his spare time is taken up with boxing at Lochend Health club.
Not too long ago Matty’s profession has taken off underneath the watch of head coach Terry McCormack.
A member of Boxing Scotland’s workforce, Matty competed on the World Championships in October final 12 months, and on the European Championships in Could.
Like Matty, Trades Coaching College proprietor Antony O’Neil additionally has a ardour for boxing and the pair first met in 2016 at Lochend Health club.
Antony went on to turn into one in every of Matty’s native enterprise sponsors, and in 2018 Matty joined Trades Coaching College as a coaching assistant.
Since then, Matty has turn into a certified tiling teacher while persevering with his boxing coaching with the total help of his work colleagues.
Antony stated: “Recruiting Matty has been among the best choices I’ve made.
“Matty has managed to stability his boxing coaching together with his instructing profession and has excelled in each.
“He’s a revered teacher on the college, nonetheless, we’ll all be delighted to see his boxing profession take over.”
The workforce at Trades Coaching College say they’ve been rooting for Matty during the last 12 months as his boxing profession has taken off.
Employees and college students cease every thing to observe his matches reside, and 4 members of workers are travelling to Birmingham to help him on the video games.
Matty spoke on the help, saying: “I’d like to offer a large because of Antony for every thing he’s accomplished for me.
“I work with supportive individuals who need to see one another do nicely, and I take nice pleasure in instructing and passing on the abilities Antony taught me.
“It’s actually onerous juggling my boxing with work, however that is made 100 instances simpler with the supportive workforce round me.”
Earlier this summer time Matty attended a coaching camp in Madrid and was lately in Sheffield on the multi-nations camp getting ready for the Video games.
From there Matty made his method to the athletes’ village, the place he’ll field his first rounds tomorrow.