The Guyana Amateur Boxing Association has selected a three-member team to
take part in the “Road to Antalya” Training Camp, fixed for April 18-29 in Antalya, Turkey.
National coach Wincel Thomas along with boxers Theresa London and Carol Ann Bess is the trio to travel to Turkey. The 11-day training camp will be followed by AIBA Women’s Junior/Youth World Boxing Championships to be held in the same city from April 29 – May 8.
Bess, a Junior flyweight, hails from the Young Achievers gym, while London, who is a featherweight and daughter of former world champion Pamela ‘Grenade’ London, fights out of the Forgotten Youth Foundation. Those selected for the camp must be born between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 1996.
Last year GABA was invited to send two fighters to the ‘Road to Barbados’
Training Camp. Shem Cuffy, from Port Kaituma Gym accompanied Ansilla Norville and Venessa Robinson to Barbados for the two week training camp.
Both boxers participated at the world championships which immediately followed.
GABA President Steve Ninvalle informed that the training programme in Turkey will also be a big boost to Thomas who was appointed national coach last year.
Ninvalle further disclosed that the Selection Committee met last week and after careful deliberation chose the aforementioned persons. He said the training camp is a welcomed one for local boxing and comes at a time when GABA is battling to get more females involved in the sport.
GABA was high in praise for AIBA president Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu for making
the training programme available to Guyana.
on this stated, “When I met Dr. Wu in India last year, he had promised that AIBA had several programmes for female boxers coming up and gave notice that Guyana would be involved. We are indeed thankful to Dr. Wu for being a man of his word and offering this kind of support to Guyana.”
The GABA boss also highlighted the ProAm programme for giving valuable exposure to several amateur fighters and for heightening public awareness of the sport, which will increase support from sponsors and fans and also encourage other youngsters to take up the sport.
Just recently, a programme for referees and judges was conducted by GABA and other similar programmes are being targeted by the association to improve its personnel across the board as they push full speed ahead for development in the sport locally, with the aim of fighters and officials making a mark on the regional and international scene.
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