Isaac Dogboe, an A Level student at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Balham, South London, will be one of the few representatives from the capital city who will actually be participating in the 2012 London Olympics.
Isaac is a bantamweight boxer and won his place at the Olympics by winning a silver medal in the African Nations Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Morocco, where he was the youngest competitor. Prior to this Isaac (ex-Stockwell Park School) had actually boxed for the UK, but when he was selected to box for Ghana he jumped at the opportunity - 'My father used to train boxers in Ghana and I knew that I would just have a better opportunity to box for Ghana. I owe my father a huge amount,' he commented.
Isaac trains at the Territorial Army Boxing Club in Lambeth, where they have known for some while that they have a future champion on their hands: 'Isaac trains hard, is disciplined, brave, focused, willing to listen and take on board the advice given to him by his coaches,' writes Club Secretary Captain Wilmont.
Isaac will shortly fly off to a tournament in Botswana to join the Ghanaian squad, after which he will return to Plymouth for final training before taking up residence in the Olympic village.
His tutors at SFX College are delighted at Isaac's success: 'Isaac makes a very polite, reserved and respectful impression as a student and it's an education to see him boxing on YouTube,' said Mr Bull, Admissions Manager at the sixth form College.
As for Isaac himself, whilst obviously very excited about the whole adventure, he remains philosophical. I'I hope I can be a role model and inspiration in God's name for young people, particularly those in South London who don't have very good press at the moment. I never thought I'd go to the Olympics, but just kept praying and working hard, and I'm happy I did get there in the end.'