July 17, 2018
A team of young South Burnett boxers made their debut in the ring last month at Hervey Bay.
Broderick Blair (30kg), Lloyd Langton (42kg), Kurt Georgetown (50kg), Thomas Albury (54kg), Pharrell Chapman (54kg) and Sonny Weazel (60kg) have been training with the South Burnett PCYC under the watchful eye of coach Jim Hawkins.
Boxing recommenced at the South Burnett PCYC in May, with classes being held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Cherbourg, Eidsvold and Murgon.
PCYC South Burnett has now joined 25 other PCYC boxing clubs registered with Boxing Australia (Queensland).
South Burnett PCYC manager Sgt Rod Gelderblom said 10 local coaches had been trained to provide this opportunity to the local community.
“With assistance from Boxing Queensland, we now have eight registered fighters: five from Cherbourg and three from Murgon,” Rod said.
He said the classes were aimed at young people looking to exercise, improve life skills and choose another form of sport.
The program has also been supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Cherbourg Council and CRAICCHS.
Five of the six boxers who took part in the Beach House Boxing Night at Hervey Bay formerly attended the Arethusa College at Ficks Crossing.
“Unfortunately we only had one winning result, Sonny Weazel against Braydon Anderson from the Maryborough Boxing Shed in the 60kg weight division,” Rod said.
But all the team also learned there are no shortcuts to achieving their goals …