Box­ers land spe­cial awards

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Golden Rivers RSL Box­ing Club capped off a tremen­dous year with its pre­sen­ta­tion night held at the RSL park in Junc­tion St last Thurs­day.

The club’s mem­bers and their fam­i­lies gath­ered to cel­e­brate a year that saw the club host two ‘fight nights’, as well as a large num­ber of award winners.

Golden Rivers pres­i­dent and head trainer Roy Lynn out­lined the club’s achieve­ments for the year and his pre­dic­tions for 2018.

‘‘We ac­com­plished our goal of host­ing our own fight night so it was quite a suc­cess­ful year,’’ he said.

‘‘The first event in par­tic­u­lar was well at­tended and its suc­cess led to us hold­ing an­other event in De­cem­ber. It was a great year for the club and the sport of box­ing.

‘‘We plan to hold more fight nights this year with a meet­ing to be held soon re­gard­ing the dates for our next event.

‘‘I also hope to have more com­mit­tee mem­bers on board to make the process of putting to­gether the fight night much eas­ier.’’

At the pre­sen­ta­tion night there were spe­cial awards given to box­ers Brad Maw, Ri­ley Fo­ord and Blake Charl­ton.

Lynn said all three were wor­thy winners for their own rea­sons.

‘‘Brad had a tremen­dous year in and out of the ring,’’ he said.

‘‘He kept a clean sheet, sit­ting un­beaten at 4-0, im­proved his box­ing skills and lis­tened to all in­struc­tions. He also vol­un­teered a lot of his own time to help set up for the fight nights which we all ap­pre­ci­ate.

‘‘Blake showed fan­tas­tic sports­man­ship de­spite be­ing un­lucky in two de­ci­sion losses. He is one of the hard­est train­ers and also puts in count­less hours of vol­un­teer work.

‘‘Ri­ley is an­other one of our fight­ers who trains hard and vol­un­teers for the club. He also de­served ex­tra recog­ni­tion af­ter vol­un­teer­ing to fight twice in the one night at our most re­cent fight night.’’

An­other re­cip­i­ent of a spe­cial award was vice pres­i­dent Travis Rochford, who vol­un­teered his time at a 2017 na­tion­als event.

It’s been a busy year for Rochford, hav­ing filled the roles of trainer, as well as ref­eree and judge at var­i­ous events, in­clud­ing the Golden Rivers Fight Nights.

Rochford also made his way into the ring at the ‘Left Jab at the Show­grounds’ event in Shep­par­ton, af­ter a boxer’s op­po­nent failed to show.

‘‘Travis saved our first show by find­ing a doc­tor and also worked very hard on the se­cond show,’’ Lynn said.

‘‘He also helped out with shows in Mul­wala and Shep­par­ton at the last minute and showed his reli­a­bil­ity through­out the year.

‘‘With­out Travis, the club wouldn’t be as suc­cess­ful as it has been, so I’d like to give him a mas­sive thanks for his tire­less ef­fort.’’

Other award winners on the night were as fol­lows:

En­cour­age­ment awards - Beth Mills, Rachael Wil­liams, Hay­ley Wil­liams, Court­ney Wil­liams, Jac­inta Wil­liams, Kaan Oz­men, Hay­don Ford, Bowie Doyle, Cur­tis Astill, Adrian De Voogel, Kyan Cahill and Dante Cahill.

Most Im­proved - Josh Rochford, Zack Rochford, Lach­lan Dunn, Jess Wills, Daniel Chen­hall, Trevor Butcher, Peter Doyle, Ro­han Caniglia, Shan­nen Varty, Aaron Wood and Pi­eta Marks.

Se­nior awards - Vicki O’Keefe, Jess Hol­loway, Travis Rochford, Terry Blake, Paul John­stone, Rach West, Heather Rose, Brad Maw, Blake Charl­ton and Luke Charl­ton.

Brad Maw, Paul John­stone and Ri­ley Fo­ord at the Golden Rivers awards night.

Heather Rose is pre­sented with a vol­un­teer award by head trainer Roy Lynn.

Aaron Wood with his award at the pre­sen­ta­tion night.

Daniel Chen­hall with his award on the night.

Adrian De Voogel with his award

Jess Wills at pre­sen­ta­tion night.

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