Glover pleased as punch with job

Hervey Bay’s Craig Glover loved his role of being the assistant coach and manager of Australian Muay Thai team during the world championships.
Hervey Bay’s Craig Glover loved his role of being the assistant coach and manager of Australian Muay Thai team during the world championships. Alistair Brightman

CRAIG Glover has just returned from two weeks in Thailand.

It was no holiday for the 38-year-old head trainer of Hervey Bay’s Street Smart Thai Boxing Centre.

His role of being the assistant coach and manager of Australian Muay Thai team during the world championships ensured that.

Sixteen hour days beginning at 6am were the norm for Glover during his time in Bangkok but you won’t hear him complaining about it – he loved every minute of it.

Australia’s medal haul of two gold, two silver and three bronze across men’s, women and junior divisions were just reward for all the hard work Glover and the other officials had put in.

It was the sixth time Glover, whose wife Laura was a gold medallist in the world championships in Kazakhstan in 2003 and bronze medallist when the titles were held in Bangkok 12 months later, had played the same role for Australia.

He said the experience just keeps getting better and better.

“I just love being part of the team,” Glover, who used to be a Muay Thai fighter himself before he retired six years ago to concentrate on training fighters rather than step into the ring himself, said.

“It’s a role that means you are on the go all day but that’s cool with me.

“One minute I might be helping a fighter get ready for their bout, another time I might be organising sparring sessions or going on a road run or doing some beach sprints with them.

“There are also a whole host of other fitness and conditioning exercises I helped them with.

“It never stops to be honest but that’s what my role is all about – being there to help in any way I can.”

This time, Glover had 21 fighters under his wing.

Next year he’s hoping his wife Laura will be in the team as well.

“Laura wanted to fight this year but we didn’t want to risk her arm from the break she sustained whilst in preparation for last year’s championships,” Glover said.

“Am sure she’ll be fighting fit next time around.”

But will Laura get any special treatment from her husband if she makes the team bound for Bangkok?

“Only if she wins,” he laughed.

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