G4S Changes the Future for Talented Young Boxer from Thailand
G4S, the world’s leading international security solutions group, is delighted to announce one of Thailand’s most promising amateur boxers, Chatchai Butdee, has been selected as the newest member of their global sports team G4S 4teen.
G4S 4teen is comprised of 14 young international athletes from 13 countries, brought together as one united team. Despite their different backgrounds and sports, all the youngsters have one common goal – to compete at the London Olympics in 2012.
The programme features a dynamic mix of Olympic sports including BMX, sailing, athletics, table tennis, wrestling, shooting and archery. Conceived to nurture and support a new generation of young stars from around the world, G4S 4teen provides the athletes, their families, and many local communities with opportunities to develop through a unique mix of financial, pastoral and sporting support.
Talented 25-year-old Flyweight boxer Chatchai, who hails from Sakaew, joins the unique sporting initiative to complete the line-up of 14 sporting hopefuls. Chatchai was introduced today to Thailand’s media and a selection of VIP guests from the world of sport and business, at a prestigious reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Bangkok.
Chatchai’s selection follows an extensive search throughout Thailand for a new recruit who would genuinely benefit from the unique support provided by the G4S 4teen programme. G4S worked with the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and the Thailand Amateur Boxing Federation to identify a promising athlete who displayed the skill and ability to be the very best at his sport, whilst also demonstrating that the support provided by G4S 4teen would make a real difference to his life, his sporting career, and also the local community.
A comprehensive selection process was implemented and Chatchai, one of Thailand’s rising stars, was found to be a perfect match for the inspirational sports programme. With an impressive list of achievements already to his name, including a recent Gold medal at the South East Asian Games in Laos, the 25-year-old has demonstrated determination, courage, and tenacity to get to where he is today – characteristics that are integral to G4S 4teen.
The programme has also attracted the exclusive support of legendary two-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete, Haile Gebrselassie. The Ethiopian marathon world record holder has been the G4S 4teen Ambassador and a mentor to the young sportsmen and women since the programme’s launch in 2007. He will be working closely with Chatchai to pass on his experience of competing at the highest level and sharing his advice about achieving sporting dreams. Commenting on Chatchai joining the team, Gebrselassie said:
“I am delighted to hear about Chatchai and I welcome him to G4S 4teen. I look forward to meeting him and hearing about his sport and plans for his future. Boxing has a very demanding training routine and this takes great dedication so I show much respect to Chatchai.
The greatest aspect about this programme is that regardless of the sport or background, all of the athletes in G4S 4teen have the same qualities and because of this we can all help each other achieve our dreams. I hope Chatchai will enjoy being part of our team and we can help him achieve the goals he dreams of.”
This week Chatchai will meet some of his G4S 4teen teammates who have flown into Bangkok to welcome him and hear how G4S 4teen has changed the fortunes of other young sportsmen and women from all over the world.
In addition to receiving financial support from G4S to help him with training, equipment, and travel to major competitions, Chatchai will also be provided with training in key skills such as computing and foreign language lessons, as well as help to raise his profile at home and abroad.
Commenting on the recruitment of Chatchai to G4S 4teen, Gordon Blackwood, Regional Managing Director, G4S Southern Asia said: “The G4S 4teen programme continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to now be offering a new athlete here in Thailand the unique opportunity to join the global team of talented young stars. Chatchai is a fantastic sportsman and a great young boxer who we are very proud to be supporting. We look forward to working with him throughout the coming years and are sure he will gain unique experiences and tremendous benefit from the partnership.”
Chatchai adheres to a ferocious training timetable that begins at 5am every morning. It is therefore no surprise to learn that such dedication has paid off, and he has represented Thailand’s boxing team for the last four years. This hard-working athlete aspires to replicate the achievements of his idol Somjit Jongjohor who came from a similar background to him and won Gold for Thailand at the 2008 Beijing Games. Now with Jongjohor as one of his coaches, this is something that Chatchai dearly wants to replicate in 2012.
On joining the G4S 4teen Chatchai commented: “To be a member of G4S 4teen means a lot to me because it’s an opportunity that will change my future in boxing and my path in life. I could not believe this news when I heard that G4S were going to be my support, I think I can go to Olympics with the help of this project. I overcame my difficulties to get to where I am now by looking forward to future, don’t surrender. Tell myself never mind to lose. If we lose one, we must win next time.”
With the talent and characteristics displayed throughout his career so far Chatchai is sure to be one to watch on his journey to the London Olympics and G4S will be there to support him every step of the way.
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