Stacey Copeland has represented her country at international level in two sports – football and boxing. Following a successful football career where she represented England, played in the FA cup final, and also played abroad for six years in both America and Sweden; Stacey then went on to pursue her dreams in boxing. Stacey had begun boxing at the age of six, but at that time boxing was illegal for women. During her six year amateur boxing career she became European silver medallist and three-time national champion. Stacey has now turned professional and recently became the first ever British woman to win the Commonwealth title which she won in Zimbabwe. Her main goal is to pave the way for other girls and women to reach their full potential through sport; she believes that her greatest privilege is to try to inspire and make a positive difference to others. Stacey was voted role model of the year at the Women’s Sports Trust Awards 2018, and also has a community service award named in her honour at St. Edward’s University which she attended as part of a sports scholarship in America; such is her commitment and passion for making a difference.
Northern Power Women means recognising and celebrating the influencers and difference makers in the North, and bringing so many of them together to create an unstoppable force for positive change. It gives me a great sense of pride to see the great progress being made in the North!
In sport, becoming the first British woman ever to win the Commonwealth title is my greatest achievement. However beyond that, whenever sport has enabled me to inspire, connect, or make a positive difference to others, those have been my most important achievements.
I think it is important to champion role models no matter what their location; positive role models can inspire others, they can show others what is possible, they can break down barriers and change perceptions, and in so doing they can make a difference in people’s lives for the better.