Ring of friend­ship

As Yange­bup boxer Hay­den Wright pre­pares to take on the un­de­feated Leon Duca in a few weeks, the op­por­tu­nity to men­tor young Ac­tiv mem­ber John Pini­dis has cre­ated a strong friend­ship from which both men are reap­ing the ben­e­fits.

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

YANGE­BUP boxer Hay­den Wright has two big goals to aim for in the next seven weeks.

The first is to hone his skills as he pre­pares to take on the un­de­feated Leon Duca dur­ing Oc­to­ber’s Thun­der­dome 22, while the sec­ond is to men­tor and teach Ac­tiv mem­ber John Pini­dis along the way.

When Mr Pini­dis saw a pic­ture of Wright in the ring and asked if he could be taught to box, it was the be­gin­ning of what would be­come a strong friend­ship.

Wright said his train­ing part­ner helped with a va­ri­ety of tasks in­clud­ing tim­ing du­ties, count­ing rounds, and most im­por­tantly giv­ing out mo­ti­va­tion and was im­pressed that he didn’t let his dis­abil­ity get in the way of pick­ing up some box­ing tips which has seen him drop more than 5kg.

“Hav­ing John as­sist me dur­ing the work­outs has been highly ben­e­fi­cial as it gives me a lit­tle ex­tra push,” he said.

“John him­self has lost 5kg, gained some new skills and con­fi­dence as well as meeting some great peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.”

Not pre­pared to stop with help­ing just Mr Pini­dis, Wright said he would do­nate a por­tion of his prize money to­wards cre­at­ing sports packs filled with skip­ping ropes, punch­ing mits, gloves, hand weights and a football for other Ac­tiv mem­bers.

“I be­lieve phys­i­cal ex­er­cise is key to a healthy mind and body and I love see­ing Ac­tiv cus­tomers en­joy the re­wards,” he said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472358

John Pini­dis and Hay­den Wright spar to­gether.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472358

John Pini­dis High Wy­combe and Hay­den Wright of Yange­bup.

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