Gittens going for gold
Among the many lessons Kimberley Gittens learnt at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, she says mental preparation was most crucial to her securing the bronze medal.
“The mental preparation was the biggest key in this competition because I can box and I am fit, so there was something else I was lacking, and I think that was the key aspect. It was the biggest thing, along with self-motivation and sheer focus, which led me to winning that medal. It was also going into the ring saying that I will do this and I will not fail and you trained as hard as everybody else and you deserve this just as much as everybody else,” she said.
The 26-year-old jabbed her way to collecting the bronze medal in the light welterweight (64 kg) category of the July CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, but missed out on her opportunity to fight for the gold when she lost 3-2 to Mirquin Sena of the Dominican Republic in the semi-finals.
Gittens was the first female boxer to represent the island in boxing at those games. (RG)
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