UWC boxers on top of their game
In what participants described as a well-organised and most entertaining tournament, UWC emerged with a respectable second position at the 2013 University Sport South Africa (USSA) National Institutional Boxing Championship.
UDUBS were runners-up in both male and female sections to the University of Zululand, after collecting three gold medals and one bronze at an event that was hosted by the University at Belhar Sport Hall from 6 to 8 December.
To put the cherry on top, the three UWC gold medallists - female boxer Nwabisa Tom and male boxers Snethemba Blom and Sandile Kota - were honoured with accolades. Tom won the Best Female Boxer of the Tournament title, being nominated by both the private promotions company and match officials, and the final bout she fought against Mohube Keitnmetse of North West University was named the Best Female Bout of the Tournament.
Blom received the Best Male Boxer of the Tournament title, nominated by a private promoting company, and Kota received the same award nominated by match officials. The three boxers now stand to be included in Team South Africa to represent the country at the World Student Boxing Championships next year.
The three gold medallists attributed their win to the support UWC has given them, and said the tournament was tough but enjoyable.
“The quarter-finals and semis, which I won with technical knockouts, were relatively easy, but the final was tough,” commented Blom, a first-year BA student who dedicated this triumph to his mother. “I give credit to the opponent because he is a good fighter. I had to give my all and I beat him with basics and footwork.”
For Tom, the win is a motivation to carry on with boxing, a sport she only got involved in in March this year, and although she is finishing her BCom, she is planning to continue studying at UWC next year in order to be part of the team.
Kota added that he felt “great” to win, as his team trained hard for the tournament.
Coach Ginger Mapasa said the win was due to the dedication and commitment shown by his team, despite their demanding studies.