The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) yesterday continued their alliance with amateur boxing after they handed over an unclosed amount of cash to the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) to aid in Coach Sebert Blake’s participation in an AIBA course in Cuba.
Blake, one of Guyana’s top handlers, will arrive in the Spanish speaking Island on August 20 and participate in the event which concludes on August 27.
The course caters for coaches who are aspiring to become a ‘Three Star Coach’ and presently, they are only six coaches in the Caribbean with such distinction with Guyana’s Terrence Pool being among the selected few.
At a simple presentation yesterday, GOA’s President KA Juman Yassin recalled supporting Blake on his stint in hungry last year and stated “I think it’s only fitting we continue his development so he can do us well”
Blake, upon thanking the GOA for their continued investment in not only his career, but Amateur Boxing said that he intends to do well at the event which puts him closer at realizing his dream of one day coaching a fighter at the Olympic Games.
President of the GBA Steve Ninvalle said that it’s “extremely pleasing to have the GOA on board with us again. The GOA has been a major factor in the development of amateur boxing and I think that Yassin has a soft spot for the sport in his heart. In the region there is only six three star coaches and once Blake returns successful Guyana will have two of them”
According to GBA, the National Sports Commission and the Ministry of Sport have also contributed significantly towards the efforts of them sending Blake to Cuba.