Coach gets international honour

2016-04-20 06:00
ARCHIE JACK (left), president of NCABO, congratulates Raymond Kgang Mothobi of the Freedom Boxing Club as he hands him his AIBA 1 Star coaching level certificate. Photo: Boipelo Mere

ARCHIE JACK (left), president of NCABO, congratulates Raymond Kgang Mothobi of the Freedom Boxing Club as he hands him his AIBA 1 Star coaching level certificate. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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LOCAL boxing coach Raymond Kgang Mothobi was congratulated on Monday (18/04) afternoon by the president of the Northern Cape Boxing Organisation (NCABO), Archie Jack, for his achievement of qualifying for the AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) 1 Star coaching level.

This is after Mothobi of the Freedom Boxing Club completed his AIBA 1 Star coaching course, which was conducted by instructor Graemi Makram from Tunisia in 2015. He was applauded for being the first coach in the province to reach this level.

Makram is himself an AIBA instructor holding an AIBA 3 Star coaching level.

“I am so proud and encourage other coaches in the province to be exemplary and obtain this,” said Jack proudly.

“This is history in the making for the Northern Cape. Raymond is the first coach to obtain an international qualification. We hope he produces more quality boxers and that other coaches will take from him to be in the same position.”

Coach Mothobi’s coaching career got under way when he started the Freedom Boxing Club in 1989.

He trained under coaches like Piet Victor and the late Andries Bosch and continued to work with coaches like Peter Moselane, John Marumo and Chigo Morole in the Northern Cape.

He obtained his regional and provincial coaching qualifications and was elected as the NCABO provincial coach in 1999.

In 2000, he completed his national (SANABO) coach’s certificate, whereafter he became well known for taking the provincial team to many national championships.

In 2000, he was selected as coach for the South African u.19 squad, which participated in the Four Nations Tournament held in Botswana.

In 2001, he was selected as coach for the South African Elites (seniors) participating in the Zone SixCchampionship held in Krugersdorp.

According to Jack, the advantages of Mothobi’s 1 Star level are that he will now be representing South Africa in international tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games, world championships and the Olympic Games.

“You become a quality coach and high coaching standards lead to better and quality boxers being produced,” bragged Jack.

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