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.
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.
John Pinidis and Hayden Wright spar together.
John Pinidis High Wycombe and Hayden Wright of Yangebup.