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Price triumph warms Liverpool

The gold medal hunt is warming up for central heating engineer and Olympic super heavyweight boxing hopeful David Price.

Thanks to a unique scholarship scheme the respected captain of the Team GB boxing team has been able to combine a gruelling training regime with working for Liverpool City Council premises management team.

Price is guaranteed a bronze medal after Lithuanian Jaroslav Jaksto had to retire with a leg injury during last night's Olympic quarter final. 

He is now determined to battle through to an Olympic final when he takes on reigning world champion Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle in a semi final bout on Friday.

He said: “I can definitely beat him on my night and this is the best place to do it. I’ve beaten one of the favourites, now I’ve got another.”

Price is a member of Liverpool City Council's Elite Sports Scholarships scheme, which provides employment, financial and training support for the city's best athletes,

Warren Bradley, Liverpool City Council Leader, said: 'David Price's medal success at the Olympics is testament to all the hard work he's put in to reach the very top of his sport. I'm sure the whole city will be cheering him on during his final bouts. David is a great ambassador for the city and for boxing. He is a hugely talented sportsman who will go far.

'I am proud the city council has been able to help David achieve Olympic success. Our Elite Sports Scholarships are all about investing in Liverpool's future sporting champions.

“From an early age, David has been an enthusiastic member of our boxing development programme. We provide a wide range of athletes with paid employment and give them the freedom to fit in their often gruelling training regimes around work, and time off to attend competitions. David has this week repaid this investment tenfold.'