Doug Young, pictured, a boxer at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, brought with him his medal as ABA heavyweight champion of that year, and the commemorative medal all Olympic competitors were awarded, when he spoke to Jedburgh Rotarians.
It was because he was ABA champion that year that he was selected to represent Britain. He was inexperienced at international level and did not last long in the competition, but he still had a memorable and enjoyable time. It was probably because of the experience he gained at Los Angeles that he achieved silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
Doug told Rotarians about the changes in Olympic boxing between his time and now. Then competitors were amateurs and had jobs – and had to juggle the demands of both parts of their lives. Now boxers train full time and have lengthy preparation sessions before major competitions. They also have the benefit of doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, sports psychologists and a range of other experts.