The Cayman Islands Boxing Association (CIBA) announced Thursday (17 May) former England national junior coach Stuart O’Connor as the programme’s new National Coach.
“It’s always been one of my aspirations to be able to work in this environent and lead an up and coming and developing nation like the Cayman Islands.”
O’Connor, 41, is an AIBA three-star coach with over 20 years experience with the likes of England Boxing, Great Britain Boxing, the Royal Navy and Armed Forces. The Birmingham native has also led England’s elite juniors. O’Connor says all things will be assessed when he arrives in July.
“My first plan would be to assess the boxers and see what type of standard of the boxers we have, and just slowly just trying to introduce any of my own endears that I’ve picked up in the past.”
O’Connor has worked with boxers from Grenada and Dominica as well as Antigua and Barbuda at both the Commonwealth Games as well during 2012 Olympic qualification. O’Connor says he is confident he can develop Cayman’s raw talent pool.
“It will be my job to enhance the pathway from the novice level, starting from the schoolboys all the way to elite national level. I’ve been fortunate to have athletes start from scratch and reach the international level boxing from Great Britain. So hopefully I will be using my experience to hopefully enhance the pathway that’s already there.”
In a statement sent to Cayman 27, the Boxing Association said “CIBA believes that Stuart’s experience, alongside current national team coaches Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin and Rogerio Pitta, will allow the programme the growth and succession that it needs to work towards major international competition and the betterment of Cayman amateur boxing.”