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G4S gives young Filipino boxer opportunity of a lifetime

Young sports stars gather in Manila with Olympic Champion Gebrselassie to welcome new Filipino athlete
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G4S, the world’s leading international security solutions group, has unveiled a promising young Filipino athlete as the newest member of its global sports team, G4S 4teen.

After an extensive search Charly Suarez, a talented 21 year-old featherweight boxer from Davao city, has been selected to join the unique sporting initiative and complete the line-up of young sporting hopefuls in G4S’s inspirational programme.

Suarez will be unveiled to the Philippines media, on the evening of the 24th, at a glittering reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Manila, in the presence of 200 VIP guests and journalists, including double Olympic Champion, world marathon record holder and G4S 4teen Ambassador Haile Gebrselassie.

As a country with an illustrious reputation for producing world class boxers and after G4S recognised qualities and values in the sport that sit close to their own, a comprehensive selection process was run in conjunction with the Filipino Boxing Federation.

As a young Olympic sportsman with huge potential, Suarez was selected from a shortlist of young talented boxers as a perfect match for the aspirational 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 21 year-old has demonstrated determination, courage, and tenacity in becoming a top amateur boxer in The Philippines – characteristics that are integral to the G4S 4teen programme.

The G4S 4teen

The G4S 4teen global team 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 team has a dynamic mix of Olympic sports including BMX, sailing, athletics, table tennis, swimming, wrestling, shooting and archery.

Conceived to nurture and support a new generation of young stars from around the world, the initiative attracted the exclusive support of legendary two-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete, Haile Gebrselassie. The Ethiopian marathon world record holder is the Ambassador of G4S 4teen and a mentor to the young sportsmen and women. He will be working closely with Charly to pass on his experience of competing at the highest level and share his advice about achieving sporting dreams.

This week sees Suarez meet a number of the G4S 4teen team members who have flown into The Philippines to welcome the newest athlete to their global team and all take part in a special training camp. It is also the first time Suarez has been introduced to his mentor, the sporting great, Haile Gebrselassie who has also travelled to meet him and take part in the camp.

Designed to allow the young athletes to spend some more time with each other and Haile, the camp enables them to take part in beneficial activities, such as media training and specialist workshops that are aimed to assist with their all-round development as athletes. Haile has been imparting his advice and sharing his experiences with the young stars and will also be hosting a special G4S training run on Thursday 25th for 200 invited guests.

G4S 4teen Mentor

Haile said: “I am delighted to have met Charly this week and I welcome him to G4S 4teen. I look forward to seeing him train and think it is great that he brings another new sport to our team. This shows one of the fantastic features of this G4S programme - regardless of the sport or background, there are many qualities in the world of sport that unite athletes. I hope Charly will enjoy being part of our team and we can help him achieve the goals he dreams of.”

Charly will receive the ongoing support of G4S Philippines, as well as access to G4S’s international network of staff and athletes around the world. In addition to receiving financial support to help him with training, equipment, and travel to major competitions, Charly will be provided with training in key life skills including computing and foreign language lessons, as well as help to raise his profile at home and abroad.

Commenting on the recruitment of Charly to G4S 4teen, Mike Ross, Managing Director, G4S Holding Inc. said: “This is a fantastic boost for G4S in the Philippines and we are so happy to welcome Charly as an ambassador for our business. He is a tremendous young sportsman with huge potential and we are all looking forward to supporting him as best we can to help him achieve his sporting dreams.

I am delighted to be welcoming not only Charly, but also his fellow G4S 4teen athletes and the great Haile Gebrselassie to Manila this week for the first ever G4S 4teen Training Camp to take place in Asia.”

G4S 4teen Successes

Since its launch in 2007, G4S 4teen has witnessed extraordinary sporting success with five of its young stars having competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Among them, Kazakh weightlifter Ilya Ilin won G4S 4teen’s first Olympic gold medal – helping the programme achieve success four years ahead of schedule. In 2009 Un Teng Che chose to move away from cycling and concentrate on her studies and consequently stepped aside to open the door to a new sporting star to take her place on the G4S 4teen programme.

Delighted to be joining the team, Charly said: ‘I am so very happy for this offer from G4S, I feel very honoured to be asked to join this team of talented young athletes and cannot wait to be working with them. I am now excited about my future in boxing as I believe that, with the support of G4S 4teen, I will have opportunities made available to me that I’ve never had had before.’

Commenting on the announcement, the British Ambassador Stephen Lillie said: “In two years the UK will be hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are delighted to see a British company like G4S take this legacy to a global level through its support of international sporting talent around the globe, including here in the Philippines. It is fantastic to see promising athletes like Charly Suarez receive the support that they deserve.”