The Cayman Islands’ Boxing Association (CIBA) has this week announced the arrival of new Boxing Development Manager, Liam ‘Morley’ Brereton, from Ireland. Brereton who comes from a long line of boxing enthusiasts, joins CIBA from Edenderry, Ireland, where he transformed a small-town boxing club into one of the best in the world for female boxers; many of whom achieved international medals.
Boasting over 85 medals at European and world level personally, Brereton is one of only 7 coaches in Ireland qualified as an AIBA 3-star coach (meaning he can coach to Olympic standard). He used this skill and experience to advance boxing in Ireland and created what Irish Boxing named ‘the best club in the world’ for women’s boxing. Under Brereton’s leadership, it also turned out an abundance of young champions who have won medals across the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany.
Brereton is also a Sport Ireland Anti-Doping Tutor, Board Member of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association and Coach for the Norwegian Boxing Federation. Cayman Islands’ Boxing Association, noted that, it is a community sanctuary catering for all ages,
genders and demographics of the community.
CIBA is already unrecognizable to how it was even 12 months ago, boasting popular school groups and summer-camps, a plan of evets, bespoke behavioural intervention programmes in collaboration with local schools, adult Boxfitness sessions and a transformed boxing facility. The expansion plans for the next Olympic cycle required a worldwide search for a Boxing Development Manager with the experience and passion to develop CIBA into a world-class organisation. With Liam’s vast experience of coaching medalists, whilst building development programmes small nations at the same time as grassroots boxing for all, he makes an ideal fit for CIBA.
Liam Brereton, new Boxing Development Manager at the Cayman Islands’ Boxing Association, commented, “CIBA is currently in a period of transition and has already established itself as a community hub for all, throughout the Cayman Islands. I want to develop this even further, to bring the sport of boxing to every man, woman, and child in the community. My small-town club in Ireland became one of the best clubs in the world under my leadership and the female sparring camp that I organized included women from over 27 different countries, from novice to elite world champion. The breadth of people that boxing can touch is something that I want to show the Cayman Islands’ community and to overcome the misconception that boxing is only for elite athletes.”
CIBA was established in 2017 as the national sport association governing and promoting the sport of amateur boxing within the Cayman Islands in a positive way. As such, its remit includes national team development, junior, youth and schools programming, bespoke behavioural intervention programmes for at-risk youth, educational initiatives and development of Caymanian coaches. Over the last four years our numbers have grown significantly and our staffing has expanded to include five young Caymanian coaches who will be developed and internationally certified under Liam.
Excitingly, Brereton’s first task will be to develop and establish a programme extendable to Cayman Brac. With that in mind, CIBA will be participating in an exciting multisport event in Cayman Brac during the summer months. Discussions are ongoing with relevant stakeholders to ensure the success of the event and dates will be promoted soon.