A week after leaving Guyana to participate in a one week Extraordinary International Amateur Boxing Association Professional Boxing World Series Boxing/AIBA Professional Boxing/AIBA Open Boxing Certification Course, Forgotten Youth Foundation Coach, Sebert Blake, has returned home and though he will have to wait for about one week before his assessment is complete, Blake is confident that he has made the grade.
Blake who returned to Guyana yesterday from Cuba declared that though the programme lasted merely a week it was most grueling. He said that activities commenced last Wednesday, one day after he had arrived, and was as taxing as it was beneficial.
He said that the course attracted over 100 participants from some 24 countries and dealt with such topics as nutrition, boxing techniques, strengthening, tactics and the scientific aspect of the sport. He said that facilitators were drawn from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Poland and the USA among other countries.
Blake, who had earlier earned a Diploma in Sports when he travelled to Hungary, said that he was already exposed to some of the material and was able to adjust. “The course more or less tested participants to ascertain what they knew and to introduce them to the new rules,” explained Blake.
He said that the material was of a very high level and activities were intense. “This course was both physically and intellectually challenging and served to prepare me for future arduous tasks,” said Blake.
The programme also entailed practical sessions where participants were required to be in the corners of chosen boxers with each ‘coach’ given a specific task. Blake said that he was tasked with the role of’ cut man’ but was not required to get into action as none of the pugilists suffered cuts or bruises.
Further, participants were given a written test that covered every aspect of the course. Blake said that once he is successful in the AIBA Professional Boxing and the Professional Boxing World Series Boxing courses he would qualify to coach and handle boxers at any level of championships under the auspices of AIBA.
This is also important for local boxing since currently only Terrence Poole is so qualified, locally and in the Caribbean, which meant that only he could have seconded boxers in AIBA competitions.
Three entities, the Guyana Olympic Association, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and the National Sports Commission, had supported Blake’s trip and he has issued heartfelt gratitude to his benefactors.
Mr. Blake had earlier promised to do his best while saying that his primary objective is to assist in the development of the sport and to groom young amateur boxers to impact on the impending 2016 Brazil Olympics.
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