Female boxers learn the ropes

2016-09-01 06:00
 Sinelizwi Rozani (red) throws a punch at Gcobisa Hlobo as match referee Rachel Kamo keeps a keen eye on them.                               PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Sinelizwi Rozani (red) throws a punch at Gcobisa Hlobo as match referee Rachel Kamo keeps a keen eye on them. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Saturday was not only a day where female boxers exchanged blows in the, but for others to learn about the administration side of the sport too.

The Western Cape Open Boxing Organisation hosted its members at the Kuyakhanya Primary School in Crossroads.

The WCOBO is a non-profit organisation affiliated to the South African National Boxing Organisation.

According to WCOBO chairperson Denise Booysen the organisation aims to promote accessibility to boxing in the province, fair competition as well as provide for safety and the welfare of participants in the craft.

She said that they had noted that there was a lack of participation for women in the administration field, in the ring and in officiating, thus organising a training workshop for administrators and competition was crucial.

“Lack of women involvement has been identified as a serious challenge hindering the development of boxing in the Western Cape.

Development has been our focus in 2016, mostly on the recruitment, marketing and partnership with civil society side of things,” she said.

The day began with an administrative workshop .

“Members of the women’s commission will be equipped with the necessary skills to advance the interests of women’s boxing.

The day also included toe-to-toe action as female pugilists competed in the ring.

“We also were focusing on coaching and training to get more women in that side of the sports. We have realised that focusing on these pillars will help us achieve our target of ensuring a greater number and quality of women participation in the Western Cape Boxing,” she concluded.

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