(MAY 15) Yesterday we brought you
the latest news of the 2015 AIBA Women's Youth and Junior
Championships scheduled to open at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in
Taiwan this weekend and today we suggest some additional boxers
to watch out and have realistic medal prospects; we also meet
the American (with close Irish links) who with the local
organising committee has the challenge of putting boxing in
Chinese Taipei 'on the map' as far as the AIBA 'boxing family'
For those of you attending these
important championships, the Gymnasium is based at : No. 75,
Section 1, Zhonghua Rd, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, 242
As we mentioned in yesterday's despatch, the AIBA has profiled
eight boxers who they feel may enjoy success this year. Here we
suggest a few others to watch out for.
The United States have high hopes for Jaijaira Gonzalez of
course as you saw from Julie Goldsticker's preview on behalf of
US Boxing and WBAN also believes that another American with a
great chance is Iesha Kenney who has now moved up to
Middleweight whilst Caitlin Orosco should do well in the
England Boxing ABAE has sent a small but very strong team of
five with arguably their best boxers being Allenton's Chantelle
Reid, one of the favourites at 75kg and another Youth, Ebonie
Jones at 51kg who boxes out of the Portsmouth club. The other
English girls worth noting are Shona Whitwell, Ivy-Jane Smith.
Apart from Ciara Ginty, Ireland is sending a team of thirteen of
whom Dundalk's Amy Broadhurst is high on their list of hopefuls,
in view of her previous outstanding successes in European and
World events when a Junior.
In his introductory remarks, President Ching-Kuo Wu will talk
about his vision for women's boxing:
"I am delighted to welcome you to the 2015 AIBA Womenís
Junior/Youth World Boxing Championships which emanates from the
City of Taipei, Taiwan. This tournament is a very prestigious
event and symbolizes the excellent development of Womenís Boxing
in our organization.
AIBA has consistently been at the forefront of promoting Womenís
Boxing while working tirelessly to increase the amount of events
for women boxers to compete in.
The AIBA Womenís Junior/Youth World Boxing Championships Taipei
2015 will showcase our future stars, and many participants will
be competing in this event for the very first time.
Next year at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we will see women
boxers compete for the second time in history, a fact which
shall inspire the boxers in these Championships wishing to reach
future Olympic dreams.
On behalf of the International Boxing Association and of the
global boxing family, I would like to wish the best to each
competitor for the Championships as well as to every member of
The AIBA President, last year appointed Sean Thompson, who has
lived in Taiwan for the past six years to work with the local
organising committee in preparing this year's World
Championships, the first to be held in Chinese Taipei, Since
Sean has such an important role in the event your correspondent
believes that WBAN readers - and the greater boxing family -
would like to know more about him and his role. This is what
Sean told me on the line from his Taiwanese home:
"I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, my ancestors are
originally from Ireland, where some still reside. My family has
always supported my interest in traveling and studying/working
abroad and encouraged me to study abroad in China for a summer.
After I graduating University in Florida, I headed back to Asia
and moved to Taiwan to study Chinese intensively at National
When my Chinese became fluent I was offered a job as President
Wuís Special Assistant where I traveled around the world with
him attending Olympic and other Boxing events. When Taipei was
chosen to host AIBA Womenís J/Y World Boxing Championships 2015
I was very interested in helping out.
With President Wuís recommendation, I became fully involved by
the end of last year, by assisting the Local Organizing
Committee in preparation of the event. Over the past six years
Iíve called Taiwan my home and I look forward to showing
everyone attending this event what a special place it is. AIBA
President Wu, also an Executive Member of the International
Olympic Committee, has always expressed the importance of women
in sports and the benefits of the cultural exchanges through
international sporting events. His dedication to promoting these
ideals has been an inspiration for our Local Organizing
Committee to host a great event in his home town for everyone to
Sean also confirmed that: "The entire event will be broadcast in
Taiwan on digital TV and online streaming. The finals will be
broadcast by AIBA through an intíl feed, I am pretty sure this
is limited to online streaming". The event website and Facebook
page will be updated regularly through the competition.
Hopefully Sean will also find time to see some of the bouts
involving the American and Irish girls and who knows President
Wu may ask him to present some of the medals to those who reach
the podium at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium.
and finally, you can find a complete list of all the boxers
representing YOUR country on the OFFICIAL site inc the links
Good luck to all those taking part be they boxers, or officials.
Regular updates will also be here on wban.com as and when
received, whether from the AIBA, U.S boxing or other national