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There's more than one way to skin a cat: Boxer Paddy Gallagher says disappointing exam results aren't the end of the road

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Paddy Gallagher has reassured young people who have sat exams that the results do not necessarily define their futures.

Paddy Gallagher has reassured young people who have sat exams that the results do not necessarily define their futures.

Paddy Gallagher has reassured young people who have sat exams that the results do not necessarily define their futures.

Last week, young people across Northern Ireland picked up their A level results and on Thursday morning it's the turn of the GCSE students.

Some will be pleased, some less so. But local boxing hero Paddy Gallagher says that disappointing results aren't the end of anybody's story and says he has still managed to follow his dreams despite failing to shine academically.

“There is a lot of pressure put on these kids at school and at the age of 16, who really knows what they want to do for the rest of their lives," he said.

"Maths was my strong point at school, which still amazes my partner Rachel! English was most definitely my downfall, I failed the GCSE three times in one year.

"I wish I would have known back then, what I know now… there is more than one way to skin a cat! If you didn’t get the results you hoped for, get in touch with the team of youth workers at Include Youth who can chat to you about your options and next steps. Neither Rachel or I did fantastic at school, yet we have both been able to find alternative paths and follow our dreams.”

Include Youth can help school leavers decide on their next steps and can chat through all their options. The locally based charity can be contacted through their Facebook page or by email at results@includeyouth.org.

Gallagher is preparing to defend his Celtic title when he fights the unbeaten Gerry Murray in Edinburgh on October 6.

Belfast Telegraph