Lo­cal leg­end checks in

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla Lions were hon­oured to have lo­cal leg­end Lenny Grif­fiths at­tend their meet­ing on Septem­ber 6 and speak about the Be­nalla Box­ing Club.

He was ac­com­pa­nied at the meet­ing by his as­sis­tant coach Ben Wapling.

The club was es­tab­lished by Lenny with help from Ben and op­er­ates in the old rail­ways goods shed at Be­nalla Sta­tion.

Up to 70 Be­nalla youths at­tend each of the three weekly af­ter­noon ses­sions at the club.

Lenny has been a vol­un­teer box­ing teacher and coach since wrap­ping up his own stel­lar ca­reer in the ring in the 1960s.

He and Ben have been re­spon­si­ble for many young­sters mak­ing bet­ter life choices through their in­volve­ment in the club.

Ben told the meet­ing the club was much more than just train­ing kids to box.

‘‘The club is not just about teach­ing box­ing, self­de­fence, fit­ness and dis­ci­pline,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re also de­vel­op­ing life th­ese kids.’’

The Box­ing Club has had support from Be­nalla Ru­ral on about skills with City Coun­cil with the lease of the shed, but faces on­go­ing chal­lenges with ex­penses.

In­sur­ance and equip­ment are ma­jor costs and the lack of show­ers and toi­lets at the shed presents a chal­lenge.

Lions Club pres­i­dent Made­line Roff con­grat­u­lated Lenny and Ben on the won­der­ful work they did for the com­mu­nity.

She also pre­sented Lenny with a ‘‘Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion’’ and a cheque for $1000 ($500 from Be­nalla Lions matched with a grant of $500 from the Aus­tralian Lions Foun­da­tion) to support their work at the Box­ing Club.

Proud: Be­nalla Lions Pres­i­dent Made­line Roff, Lenny Grif­fiths and Ben Wapling.

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