Three North East boxers in GB Olympic squad

The Team GB Olympic boxing team during the Olympics team announcement at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Three North East boxers are among the largest ever team that will represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

For the first time GB has an athlete qualified in every weight category, meaning a squad of 12 boxers will be on the plane to Brazil.

The final team was officially announced today at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Here are the trio who will be representing our region in boxing at Rio 2016:

Savannah Marshall

The Hartlepool boxer booked her ticket to Rio at the Women's World Championships in May.

Along with Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams, the middleweight fighter is one of only two women included in GB's final squad of 12.

After being crowned World Champion on her 21st birthday in 2012, Marshall had high hopes going into the London Olympics. However, elimination in her opening bout brought her Olympic dream to a premature end.

Marshall put the disappointment of London behind her by winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The 25-year-old will now be aiming to go one better by earning an Olympic medal in Rio.

She told ITV News:

Pat McCormack

After twice previously missing out on qualification for Rio, it was third-time lucky for Pat McCormack.

The 21-year-old, from Birtley in Gateshead, became the 11th British boxer to qualify for the Olympics after his victory at a tournament in Azerbaijan on June 23.

McCormack will compete at his first Olympic Games in the light-welterweight category. He told ITV News:

Josh Kelly

Last but certainly not least, Josh Kelly qualified as the 12th and final member of GB's Olympic boxing team.

The 22-year-old, from Sunderland, also booked his place during a qualifying tournament in Kazakhstan earlier this month.

Kelly, who will make his Olympic debut in the welterweight category, said the thought of competing in Rio still hasn't sunk in. He told ITV News:

Boxing at the Olympics starts on August 6 and runs until August 21.