Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #245) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #245)
Transcript: programme after working hours, exhausted and not in a condition to get maximum benefit from training. Sparring partners are few, either not paid at all or poorly paid and frequently not up to the grade. A sparring partner should offer real opposition to a boxer preparing for a fight and not be a mere punch bag. Sparring sessions are like a rehearsal of a play before the actual performance and each boxer should play his part conscientiously. The conditions under which our boxers train makes it impossible to achieve the high standard of preparation required. In spite of all these difficulties boxers like Enoch Nhlapo, Jo Ngidi, Mackeed Mofokeng, Norman Sekgapane, Elijah Makhatini and Nkosana Mgxaji have done well against overseas boxers, whilst Jake Tuli remains the most eloquent example of what African boxers can achieve when given the opportunity. He won the British and Empire fly weight title in the 50s.
The gymn not only kept me physically fit and busy during my spare time but was an enjoyable form of relaxation and took my mind away from the more serious problems of race relations that harassed us at the time. The next morning I would wake up feeling fresh, strong enough to carry about my body with ease, and ready to begin the new day and face up to all the trials to which life exposes my as a black man in m country. Our club members were very much the product of township life. They carried all the scars oppression inflicts on our people by driving our people into the gutters. But the outstanding feature was that each of them in his own way showed remarkable qualities which survived despite these conditions. Then as now I remain immensely proud of the friendships we developed through our membership of the club.
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