Coach’s de­light at Scots medals

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

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.

In­ter­na­tional trip Ruther­glen’s Archie Durie (front, sec­ond from left) trav­elled with Boxing Scot­land’s elite se­niors team, to Ser­bia and Spain

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