Warrnambool boxing coach Bess Slater to teach a AIS camp

COACH'S CALLING: Warrnambool boxing mentor Bess Slater is excited to expand her repertoire via an opportunity at the Australian Institute of Sport. Picture: Rob Gunstone

COACH'S CALLING: Warrnambool boxing mentor Bess Slater is excited to expand her repertoire via an opportunity at the Australian Institute of Sport. Picture: Rob Gunstone

BOXING mentor Bess Slater wants to bring back lessons from a high-calibre training camp to her Warrnambool gym.

The former fighter will fly to Canberra on Thursday for a four-day Australian Institute of Sport program where she will work as an assistant coach.

Slater, 30, said the Female Futures Camp initiative catered for talented boxers aged between 14 and 25.

“The schedule is pretty full-on with four sessions a day and lectures, recovery and nutrition (talks),” she said.

“It will be exciting for me to go and learn. I have been to the AIS before as an athlete, so it will be nice to go up and be on the other side.”

Slater, who teaches at Rodney Ryan’s Warrnambool gym, said there was a strong female contingent emerging on the south-west boxing scene.

She had 18 fights before retirement and is enjoying passing on her experience to the next generation.

“We have got about six or seven girls fighting, another six getting ready and three masters,” Slater said.

“The kids teach me everyday. They are a great bunch of kids and they are a pleasure to teach and it will be exciting to see what the next year brings when they all get fights under their belts.”

Meanwhile, Ryan’s gym has produced winners over the past fortnight.

Bec Newitt was victorious in Tasmania, while Amy Gibbs, Matt Barton and Jacob Sumner won their bouts in Adelaide.

Gibbs and Alison Weedon will fly to New Zealand on Thursday for bouts there.

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