The Cayman Islands boxing team returned from the Pan American trials in Panama City without a win between the four of them but at least they got a wealth of experience from the trip.
The boxing programme here has only been full-on for just over a year and the Cayman contingent faced boxers from countries with well established programmes stretching back decades.
Tracey Seymour, Jessica McFarlane-Richards, Kendall Ebanks and Jason Parchment tried their best but it was not to be. Seymour got closest to getting through in her bout with a girl from Nicaragua. Seymour was leading on points after the first two rounds in her middleweight bout but the judges, harshly she thinks, marked her opponent for aggression in the last two rounds rather than for her clean shots. At least Seymour earned herself a bronze medal but only gold and silver medallist went through.
After a short break they will go into training for a possible trip to a tournament in Kansas City next month. Seymour is determined to get more experience to qualify for one of the big tournaments. She has improved considerably in the past few months, shedding plenty of weight and was, in fact too light for her 75kg bout in Panama, weighing in fully clothed at around 70kg.
“If I can get more fights I want to go for the Olympic trials,” she said with the London Games next year in mind. “In that match in Panama I felt I was winning the entire time. I got winded a little towards the end but never really tired but realise now that you have to keep fighting to the very last bell to ensure victory.”
She hopes to go to Mexico in October to watch some of the boxing at the Pan American Games and glean some insight from it.