EUBC #WomeninGloves: Here you are…. Maarit Teuronen AIBA 3° Star Coach

17 July 2014 News
Passing the AIBA 3* Star coaches exam and being certified coach on the highest level has been one of the best moments so far on Maarit Teuronen’s coaching career

Passing the AIBA 3* Star coaches exam and being certified coach on the highest level has been one of the best moments so far on Maarit Teuronen’s coaching career

Beyond the boxers, who are the persons who make special the boxing world? The Noble art is made up by thousands and thousands of very skilled, experienced and passionate people, who help and support the boxers from their never-ending days inside the gym to the ringside during their matches. The coaches, obviously,  are the “best friends” of boxing athletes because they spend the most of their lifetime with those who are used to putting on gloves and mouthguard. If it’s hard to do this job in the men Boxing Area, it’s more complicated to do the same inside the Women’s Boxing Planet.

And so, Today article is the first of a series of depicts about Coaches, Referees/Judges, ITO’S who stand out to make European Women’s Boxing World better and better. It’s about time we introduced Maarit Teuronen. She once was Elite Boxer and now is an excellent AIBA 3 Star Coach… ENJOY Your Reading 😉

Back in the days in the early 90’s “Boxing” wasn’t considered women’s place to be. Boxing gyms were men’s territory and the whole sport was an impression of masculinity. However bit by bit women pushed their way through to the gyms and eventually to the ring. In 1993 19-year-old Finnish girl with a background in many sports was almost forced to go to the gym for a new exercise lesson called fitness boxing. That was love at a first sight! Two years later the girl became the first female boxing champion in Finland as she won the first national championships in 1995 and years from that she had become a legend in Finnish women’s boxing.

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Boxing is hard work which is why Maarit Teuronen tries to work through joy. In 2014 her old team mate from 2002 made her comeback to the national championships and this time coached by Maarit.

 

 

– From that first day at the boxing gym in my hometown Tampere, my life has been filled with boxing. I truly hope it continues for a very long time. I tend to do things as long as they’re fun and what could be more fun than boxing!

Maarit Teuronen stepped into the ring year after year and her 150 bouts included winning Finnish national championships eight times, Nordic championships once and two times she stood on the podium at the European Championships with bronze medal in her neck.

Maarit Teuronen represented Finland in both the very first European Women’s Championships and World Women’s Championships in 2001 and continued her career at international level until she was forced to step aside when she turned 35 years in 2009.  Even though she experienced many joyful moments in boxing competitions and in the gym, her career was shadowed by numerous injuries. The operations she had experienced had to be counted with both hands but giving up was never an option. With great and dedicated support from her coaches and club she was able to recover from injuries every single time.

– Probably one of the highlight moments of my career was in 2006 at the European Championships in Warsaw. My body was killing me and just moving in the ring was difficult. The doctors recommended me to stay home but my mind was already set to the upcoming championships. I knew I could do well as my mind and hands were working exquisitely so I had a long talk with my coach and our club president and was told they’d support me in anything I decide to do. So I packed my boxing gear and travelled to Poland. At the moment when I realized I had won opponents that I had lost to before and I had boxed another European medal I knew it was the right decision.

Maarit Teuronen started coaching when she was still active boxer and after her own career there wasn’t a day break from the gym. After that she has coached many Finnish National Championships medalists and the club Tampere Boxing Association where she coaches at has been the best club in Women’s National Championships for three years now. Her most successful boxer is light weight boxer Mira Potkonen who is five times Finnish champion, Nordic Champion and has won three bronze medals at the European Union Championships. At the moment Maarit’s main goal is to take Finnish female boxers to international level and succeed there, meanwhile educating herself to become a better coach. It is hard work as women’s boxing has developed so much in the past few years and the progress keeps on going.  The highly dedicated Tampere based coach was awarded as The Coach of the Year by Finnish Boxing Association in 2013.

 

– I work through joy and happiness, even now when I’m coaching, giving up does not exist in my vocabulary. Best moments are when I see my boxers outdoing themselves in hard fights. That’s when I feel succeeded nowadays. I hadn’t planned to become a coach; it’s just something that happened and I’m happy for that. I believe I have so much more to give in boxing and coaching female boxers is fantastic. Sometimes it’s more emotional than coaching men but otherwise at the end of the day, it’s same hard work for everyone. For me as a coach it’s important to be able to develop my own skills as well as making good relations with other coaches in the world. One can always learn from another no matter how experienced you are. Great example of that was the AIBA 3* Star Coaches Course I took part in Almaty, Kazakhstan last year. It was challenging but fun to be the only female coach surrounded by approximately 50 male coaches and to work together as we all had the same goal: to become AIBA 3*Star Coach. That’s one dream come true.

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