May 8, 2013
Aiken, S.C. -- Linda Holliday, amateur boxing official and Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Field Procurement Engineer, helps prepare boxers for a national tournament – while keeping safety number one inside the ropes.
On May 12, Holliday will travel with the Southern Regional Team made up of 10 Georgia boxers to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the five-day event, Holliday will officiate the matches and make sure the boxers are well-trained on the rules to keep them safe. Just like at SRS, said Holliday, safety in boxing is number one.
"It's a small family in amateur boxing, and these kids come back to me as adults saying they remember how I took care of them in the ring," said Holliday. "I won't let them get hurt."
Certified in 1996, Holliday has spent 17 years officiating amateur boxing matches across the country. Among her many career accomplishments, she is the Chief of Officials for the State of Georgia, a national level boxing official, ring captain at the Ringside World Championships, tournament director of the Arnold Classic and the first woman referee to be inducted into the Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame.
Holliday and her husband, also a boxing official, hold training classes for other officials, coaches and boxers to reiterate the rules of the ring. By being directly involved with these young boxers – ages 8 to young adult - Holliday says these training sessions make them better and safer boxers.
"I've worked all over the country and watched these young folks grow from children to young adults," said Holliday. "Just like at SRR, training them for safe practice starts with me."
Often observed giving her 'Mama look' during matches, the boxers know she is tough – tough on safety.
Holliday has been with SRR since it became the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site (SRS) in July 2009, and began working at SRS in 1985.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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