All Stars Boxing Gym is delighted to announce that our Mr Isola Akay, MBE, Founder of the club has been confirmed to carry the Flame in the Olympic Torch Relay!
Mr A will be carrying the torch on Leg: 144 – at 4.27pm on Thursday 26 July, along Notting Hill Gate, Starting at the corner of Hillgate Street and finishing at the corner of Linden Gardens.
This is your moment to shine by planning how you will line the streets to cheer him on as he goes past. Mr A started All Stars Boxing Gym in 1974 with little more than a dream to give the youth in our community somewhere positive to go. The fact that the gym is still going strong today and has produced World Champions is testament to the fact that he has done so much hard work over the years. No-one deserves to carry the torch more in our opinion.
It will be once in a lifetime chance to see the Olympic Torch closely if you come to the club on 576 Harrow Road, London Wl0 4RH between 5.00pm -7pm on 26th July…. DON’T MISS IT.
We are delighted and very proud to announce that All Stars legendary founder, coach and mentor, Mr Akay, will be carrying the Olympic Torch through London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic games.
Mr Akay has been actively involved in shaping the lives of so many youngsters who have walked through All Stars door over the past 40 years or so and all of his hard work has been recognised by the Olympic committee who have confirmed him as a Torch Bearer on Thursday July 26th 2012.
Mr A has a long standing connection with the Olympics through the sport of boxing. His son Tee Jay, who is sadly no longer with us, boxed the great Evander Holyfield at the 1984 Olympics. Tee Jay then went on to be crowned British Champion and became a major success in boxing under the guidance of Mr A.
For more information on the Olympic Torch route and the Torch Bearers you can visit the London 2012 website: http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/torchbearers/search.php
Mr. ISOLA AKAY, the All Stars Boxing Club Supremo collected his tenth Award at the Pro-Active London Awards for Sport & Physical Activity ceremony held at the City Hall, London, on Thursday 5th May 2011.
According to Mr Akay, “it is always an honour to be appreciated for my contribution to the community. I enjoy what I do and do pray to be carrying on doing it for many years to come”.
This is how the Awards started coming in :-
1) 02/03/2000 – ACTIVE COMMUNITY AWARDS – LONDON
In recognition of outstanding contribution to the community.
Presented by Hon. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister
2) 10/10/2000 – M.B.E.
For outstanding contribution to the community.
Presented by the Queen
3) 05/08/2002 – TRUMPET NEWSPAPERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
For outstanding contribution to the positive image of Africa and Africans in the United Kingdom through Sport.
Presented by Sierra Leone High Commissioner
4) 07/11/2004 – LOCAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
For outstanding work in helping to improve the quality of life of fellow members of the local community.
Presented by Lord Mayor of Westminster, Catherine Longworth
5) 26/11/2004 – ROTARY CLUB – PADDINGTON BRANCH
In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
6) 2010 – BBC LONDON SPORTS AWARD
Unsung Hero 2010 for London.
7) 07/11/2010 – BARCLAYS COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARD
For dedication to providing sports opportunities for the community.
8) 24/11/2010 – NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK
For outstanding contribution to the community through sport.