ABOUT US 2018-07-09T10:47:36+00:00

EVERY DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY

COMPANY VALUES

Stars

Unorthobox exists to benefit the community.

Between us we have an abundance of experience and qualifications in Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Health.

Our coaches are all DBS checked and first aid qualified.

Gratitude

Resilience

Evolution

Acceptance

Tenacity

MEET THE TEAM

Stars

Sarah-Jane Murray

Unorthobox Founder, PT and Level 2 Boxing Coach

Sarah has always had a huge interest in sport, health and fitness. This passion motivated her to work and study in this area. Sarah graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BSc (hons) in Health-Related Exercise and Fitness.

Over ten years of her work experience has been in the health and fitness industry teaching both adults and children. She has a particular interest in helping people to achieve a healthy lifestyle and weight.

Sarah’s love of boxing began at a young age. Her first memories of the sport were watching a young Mike Tyson annihilate any opponent in his path. A few years later she was to experience what she describes as “the greatest era in British Boxing”. The rivalry between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank made this an exciting time and with the likes of Irish Boxer, Steve Collins in the mix it was enough to get anyone hooked on the sport.

Years later, Sarah began training with accomplished coach, Colin Manners and was looking forward to competing. This unfortunately was not meant to be, due to a debilitating medical condition it soon became apparent that she was unable to compete. After managing her condition, Sarah decided that she would find another way to stay involved in the sport she loved and Unorthobox was born.

Colin Manners

Boxing Coach

Colin’s passion is helping other people to keep fit through boxing training and (if they wish) help them progress to competitive boxing. His boxing career began in the early 80’s and he was very successful in the amateur ranks. Colin won the Novice Middleweight Championship and the North Yorkshire and Humberside ABA title.

He states “The amateur experience taught me how to respect myself and other boxers and to make an impact on other young boxing lives”.

After turning professional, Colin learnt that the professional boxing journey is tough and you must have the drive to keep pushing forward in order to succeed. His experiences have helped him to become a well respected boxing coach. He has been teaching boxing skills and fitness to all ages for over twenty years.

Dominic Whyte

Sports Coach and Boxing Tutor

Dominic has been involved in sport for most of his life although he never had a favourite sport. He was always keen to participate in most sports especially rugby league and football. Dominic played Rugby League for a number of years.

In 2013 complications relating to Type 1 diabetes began affecting his eyesight. After receiving various treatments, medical professionals were able to save a large amount of his vision however a year later Dominic was registered as visually impaired.

He reluctantly retired from playing Rugby League in a mainstream team whilst dealing with his diagnosis. Dominic gained the confidence with the support of family and friends to get fit again. In May 2015, Dominic completed the Leeds half marathon in aid of Action for Blind People. It is only recently that he has gained the confidence to be able to discuss and accept his disability.

Dominic became part of the Unorthobox team as the life events he had experienced made him realise that anything is still achievable. He aims to help everyone he can, involved in any sport to exceed their personal goals.

Kira Carter

Level 1 Boxing Coach and Fitness Instructor

Kira has been boxing since the age of seven. She is four-time Yorkshire Champion, three-time Hull Box Cup Champion and two-time National Junior Champion. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she is also on the England team. Kira is currently studying to become a Fitness Instructor and ultimately would like to become a Personal Trainer and World Champion of course!

Jason Gledhill

Level 3 and AIBA 1 Star Coach

Jason began boxing in the early 1980’s at St. Patricks club in Leeds and soon became Yorkshire Schoolboy Champion. After competing for his region he had a break from boxing at age 18. Jason returned to his beloved sport as a senior in his early twenties.

When Jason began his coaching career in 2000 he trained just three carded boxers, within 2-3 years he was training over thirty competitive boxers.

Jason is the Head Boxing Coach at Tigers Amateur Boxing Club and Leeds Beckett University Boxing Team. He also Coaches for England and GB Boxing.

Jason has been involved in training numerous champions including the only World Amateur Champion from Yorkshire (at the time), Oliver Simpson, Junior National Champion, Kira Carter and Junior ABA Champion (now Leeds first Professional World Champion) Josh Warrington to name but a few.

Paul Mainprice

Personal Trainer and Sports Coach

Paul has always been interested in a variety of sports from basketball to rugby. It was boxing that Paul developed a real passion for. He found it a great way of building confidence and enjoyed the social aspect of the sport. After competing at university level, he started coaching and personal training, incorporating boxing techniques.

He now coaches multiple sports across a wide range of abilities including disability sport.

Paul states “My goal is to share my passion for boxing with others due to its discipline, drive and the massive personal rewards that come with it”.

Jake Goodwin

Boxing Coach

Jake has always had an interest in sport and fitness and has been Boxing from a young age. He had his first bout at 11 years old and has now had 40 bouts. Jake has competed nationally and represented Yorkshire on many occasions.

After turning 16, Jake became a Level 1 England boxing coach and has since  coached children of all ages voluntarily to help promote boxing and share his passion with them.

In September 2016, Jake became a student at Leeds Beckett University and won a gold medal in his first university championships

Jake aims to go all the way with amateur boxing before turning professional in the future years.