The value of coach expertise by Chantelle Cameron

Northampton local and GB boxer, Chantelle Cameron, updates us on her South Korean adventures in the World Championships

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Chantelle Cameron is once again jet-setting around the world in pursuit of boxing success! Her latest blog comes to us all the way from South Korea, and explains how valuable an expert at your fingertips can be…

Hi everyone. I’m currently out in South Korea at the moment competing in the World Championships, which this year has had the largest amount of entries in the history of women’s boxing. It’s going to be tough but I am really looking forward to it now!

Before flying to South Korea I spent 10 days in Japan acclimatising and on a preparation training camp with the Japanese female boxing squad, which was a great experience and a great training camp with the rest of the GB boxing team. I think it is safe to say we are all feeling good and confident!

I am now waiting to box, so I have three more days of light sparring and sharpening training such as sprints, pads and shadow boxing. With important bouts so close, it is really a case of keeping the body ticking over until the first bell sounds in a couple of days’ time.

I wanted to share with you a couple of brief thoughts of mine regarding expertise – having an expert coach is priceless in boxing. Boxing is an incredibly lonely sport – there is only you and your opponent in that ring facing each other ( and a referee of course!) but your team mates who train alongside you are not with you directly when it gets down to the business.

You have to fully believe in yourself and your coach who looks after you in-between rounds; he will give you a sip of water, give you tactics and reinforce how you are doing and what you need to do. Sometimes when someone is constantly trying to punch you, it is difficult to work out what is working well and what is not. The coach gets a better perspective of this and can give you tips on how you can outsmart and ultimately outclass your opponent.

I think the same mind-set can actually be applied to the energy company you choose. You have to ultimately put your trust in them and appreciate that they are experts in their field. It is that experience and knowledge that you are in safe hands which proves what energy company to work with.

My personal opinion is that someone could be a brilliantly spectacular boxer but without an expert in their corner then I believe they will only reach a certain level before you can go any further. I personally put all my faith into my corner and you quickly learn to fully appreciate the expertise as they are world class coaches who know what is best.