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VAPP people - Richy Horsley

VAPP people - Richy Horsley

The 56-year-old, who is a member of VAPP and standing for the party in the local elections in his hometown of Hartlepool in May, writes about subjects he knows a lot about, boxing, and local ‘characters’ from history.

He credits boxing with turning his life around admitting he was a “teenage tearaway” until he walked into a boxing gym and started to channel his energy in a positive way.

This resulted in him having 39 amateur fights and, having hung up his gloves, going onto become a trainer of young boxers in Hartlepool.

He had a book written about him called ‘Born to Fight, The True Story of Richy ‘Crazy Horse’ Horsley, before taking up writing himself and penning several books which were published.

He says: “When the book about me came out I ended up doing a book signing in WH Smith, not many people can say they have done that.”

Richy has now turned his attention to politics and has made sport his key election platform.

He explains: “Whatever your sport, regular exercise has a positive impact on mental health and boosts your confidence and self-esteem and gives you focus.

“How many future champions have we got in this great town of ours that haven't been in the gym yet?

Out there Hartlepool has the next Tyson Fury, Savannah Marshall, Lionel Messi, Lucy Bronze, Serena Williams.

“I'll be looking to create new opportunities and space for the youth of Hartlepool to reduce anti-social behaviour. Let's encourage the youngsters to get involved with sports and channel their energy in a positive way.”

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