Daly will be coaching for gold
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE Mick Daly will hope to lead the nation's best amateur fighters to international glory after being appointed coach of the Australian Commonwealth Games boxing team.
Daly and Boxing Australia head coach Bodo Andreas will be charged with guiding the Australian team, including Gladstone's Ben McEachran, through a busy five-month period leading up to the 2006 Games in Melbourne in March.
Daly needs only to pass some perfunctory measures before being confirmed as a member of the Australian team.
'It's just a formality now ? I'm really looking forward to it,' Daly said yesterday.
'I worked with Bodo at the 2003 world titles in Bangkok where we went into a training camp for one month and I learnt a lot which I then brought back to the Gladstone gym and shared with our boys.'
The new role will require Daly to take plenty of time off work, a situation he said is not ideal but he is prepared to make the sacrifice.
'It's a once in a lifetime opportunity but one you have to take into your hands when the chance comes,' Daly said.
'It's a big honour to go to the Commonwealth Games. Like the athletes, you're being selected to represent your country. It's something I've wanted to do since I started coaching 12 years ago.'
Daly will be involved in a training camp in the Philippines and Australia's world titles campaign in China in November and a February training camp with fighters from Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland in Melbourne.
He will also go into camp with the Australian team in Canberra immediately prior to the Games.
Daly hoped one day to be in a position to accept an Olympic Games coaching role but said his immediate plans included cutting back his coaching commitments following the Commonwealth Games.