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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Olympic official wants to see a legacy created off the back of Team GB’s success.
Great Britain’s triple gold medal boxing success, highlighted by Anthony Joshua’s Olympic super-heavyweight triumph on Sunday, should give a big boost to the amateur sport in this country – according to the official who announced the result to the world.
Danny O’Sullivan, secretary at Dagenham Boxing Club, admitted he found his two-week spell as official Games announcer at the ExCel centre in Docklands, scene of the boxing tournament, as ‘totally amazing’.
“To beat the reigning Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle in the Olympic final was a tremendous achievement for Joshua,” said O’Sullivan, with the added drama of the countback result of 56-53 to the Londoner after the scores were level at 18-18.
“To announce it to the world was a privilege I’ll never forget.”
Just to add to the tension the Italians lodged an unsuccessful appeal delaying the presentation ceremony to the last Olympic final of 2012.
“I always thought the appeal was hopeless, as there had been no contentious refereeing during the bout,” the official added.
“I was so pleased for Josh and the entire GB boxing team, especially Nicola Adams, the first-ever female Olympic boxing champion and bantamweight Luke Campbell who put on a perfect display.”
The ABA official added that he took great pride in GB topping the boxing medal table at the end of the Games.
“It was superb, we totally outperformed the other nations,” said the official, who has always worked hard to attract youngsters into the sport.
“I am certain their success will inspire a lot of young kids, especially girls, into trying amateur boxing at clubs around the country.”
Prior to attending the official Games rehearsal sessions, O’Sullivan had launched the Dagenham club’s ‘Summer Skills’ boxing scheme at the Heathway Gym – an annual event which encourages local youngsters to try amateur boxing.
He took the chance to publicise the club’s efforts with an appearance on BBC News as one of the ‘hidden heroes’ featuring behind-the-scenes workers playing their part in the success of the Olympic Games.
He was also delighted to see another local official, Mik Basi from Ilford’s Fairbairn BC, take the ‘Best Official’ award from the sport’s international group, AIBA, at the end of the tournament.
“It was well deserved,” O’Sullivan added. “Mik is definitely the best in the business.”
The Dagenham club secretary admitted the whole Olympic experience was something special.
“It was amazing, but I’ll be back at the East Ham Working Men’s club in four weeks,” he said.