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ray morley

What is your role in the 2012 Olympics?:

Boxing Referee and Judge

Ed: Unfortunately Ray has missed out on London

2012, but his story is no less remarkable for it. There

will be 36 Boxing Referees & Judges (R&Js) from

across the world; each country has a maximum of

1 space allocated... Ray Morley was one of only 2

being considered for the GB place - here’s his story.

Name:

Squadron Leader Ray Morley.

Background:

Desk Officer and Career Manager at Manning (Flt Ops, ABM,

Fire Offrs and SNCO FC).

35+

Started boxing as a schoolboy and after boxing

the best part of 100 bouts for RAF

& Combined Services Boxing

Association (CSBA) became

a coach, then judge and

referee over 35yrs, with the

30

exception of about 2 years when I

went through aircrew trg.

Years in the sport

How did you get to being

short-listed to officiate at

the Olympics?

I was a R&J for the RAF and

got out and about on the civilian

boxing circuit during the 90s,

‘‘I am now one of

only about 120 x

3-star R&Js across

the world, known as

the World Panel. ’’

gradually being

invited to do

bigger shows

and went on

to becoming

a Combined

Services

Boxing

Association

and civilian

National

Governing Body

(ABAE) Major

Panel R&J, thereafter

one rises through

assessments and exams

under recommendations:

England rep, then European

and then World where there are

3 levels starting at 1-star. I am now one of only about 120

x 3-star R&Js across the world, known as the World

Panel. It became known last year that the Olympic

job would go to one of the two England 3-star

R&Js. The other R&J is from London and we

are great friends having both been all over the

world officiating; you are assessed every time

you Referee or Judge and so you are always

being graded. I got the sole place for 2010

Delhi Commonwealth Games and other major

tournaments across the world in Australia,

China, across the Eastern Block etc, whilst he

did the World championships in Kazakhstan and

various other internationals. But, only one of us


could be chosen for the London 2012 Games iaw the world

governing body guidelines!... and on this occasion I was unlucky.

Has being in the RAF helped you achieve this?

Yes, and although sport is so much more difficult in the Service

now, with everyone so busy, you can still work it out if you are

innovative and flexible.

What is it you love about your sport / role?

It is very exciting and can turn one way or the other in a second

with surprising results, also, with boxing especially, it’s great to

see a sport where someone is so very taxed and is tested in

every way - both mentally & physically.

BOXING REFEREE & JUDGE

Ray

Morley


...boxing is an extremely

exciting sport to be a part of

in any capacity and there are

many opportunities even

for those who know

nothing about it!

What would you say to inspire RAF Active readers

to get involved?

At grass roots (Station) level, boxing is an extremely exciting

sport to be a part of in any capacity and there are many

opportunities even for those who know nothing about it! As

you develop and rise in the sport and the standard increases,

I’ve found that you end up being in the enviable position of being

invited to be a part of something that so many people pay a lot

of money to watch.

Favourite training session:

The training has developed hugely over the last few decades

and the knowledge and also the requirements of boxing

coaches has increased phenomenally. Running is staple diet

for boxing CV training but for me the gym sessions and

the sparring were my favoured training methods. In general

boxing demands a very high level of fitness and as the athlete

progresses a more leaner physique carrying less weight

often provides advantages like height and reach or strength.

Therefore weight management grows in importance - they

don’t want to give height, reach or strength away. This in turn

relies upon a fairly demanding and regular training regime,

usually clubs run daily sessions (every other day as a minimum).

Nicely leading me on to the worst part of boxing training:

dieting!

Preferred sports ‘fuel’:

Lucozade is one of the official sponsors and whilst quick

recovery methods like this are invaluable they are always

balanced against a diet; nutrition is a key element of a boxers

knowledge when they progress through the levels for obvious

reasons.

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