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.
Squadron Leader Ray Morley.
Desk Officer and Career Manager at Manning (Flt Ops, ABM,
Fire Offrs and SNCO FC).
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
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
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. ’’
invited to do
and went on
Panel R&J, thereafter
one rises through
assessments and exams
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
...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:
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
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