Coach’s delight at Scots medals
A boxing coach from Rutherglen has helped Scotland secure an array of medals at two tournaments in Spain and Serbia.
Archie Durie, who runs Durie’s Boxing Gym in Hillhouse Industrial Estate, travelled with the Scotland elite seniors squad to Cartageno in Spain for the International Boxam tournament.
Scotland had 11 boxers in the tournament, which ran from Monday, May 4 ,for one week. The squad came away with a silver and two bronze medals, an impressive feat considering over 20 countries take part in the annual competition.
Archie was one of the three coaches who travelled with the team, he worked on their fitness, worked their corners and was responsible for sending fight reports back to Boxing Scotland.
And at the end of April Archie travelled even further with the squad as they took part in the Belgrade Winners Tournament in Serbia.
This was even more of a success for the team as they scooped two golds, two silvers and a bronze.
Archie has worked as a development coach for Boxing Scotland for four years and was drafted in to coach the seniors squad, who are all over -18, as interest in boxing boomed after the Commonwealth Games.
He said:“It was a great experience travelling to Spain and Serbia and seeing all those different countries and the training methods they use. I really enjoyed it and I’m always proud to represent Scotland.
“Boxing really took off after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and there’s been a lot of interest in it. Our lads did really well, especially Aqueel Ahmed who took silver in Spain and a gold in Belgrade.
“But all our lads worked extremely hard and some were unlucky to miss out of medals.”
For more information on Archie’s gym, visit www.duriesboxinggym. co.uk.
International trip Rutherglen’s Archie Durie (front, second from left) travelled with Boxing Scotland’s elite seniors team, to Serbia and Spain