Twenty-four coaches got firsthand knowledge from International Boxing Association (AIBA) certified trainer Thomas Coulter of the United States who conducted a recent four-day session that included theoretical and practical assignments.
Among those who took part were two participants from Belize and one from Bermuda as organizers explained that the primary objective of the course was to prepare the coaches for entry into the International Boxing Association’s coach training programme which only allows coaches who are certified in the programme to accompany teams to AIBA-sanctioned events.
Coulter received assistance from Gary Bowen who is Barbados’ lone star-3 coach and in the practical session
each participant had to coach a particular boxing skill for evaluation.
Yesterday participants wrote the theoretical test at the National Sports Council and will return tomorrow to complete their testing. The sessions are under the supervision of Bowen and secretary of the Amateur Boxing Association of Barbados, Kathy Harper- Hall.
Once the examinations are completed the test papers will be sent to the US facilitator for marking and those who were successful will move towards achieving their first level star-1 AIBA certification and will be recommended to attend an Olympic Solidarity course to be organized by the local boxing association and the Barbados Olympic Association later this year.
Meanwhile local boxers will be soon returning to the ring to test their skills when they take on boxers from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago who are on the cards to fight in the upcoming Horace Phillips Memorial Tournament slated for March 21 at the St Michael School.
The ten-bout showdown will start at 7:30 p.m.