Club move draws more to train­ing

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha’s box­ing club is rev­el­ling in its move to new head­quar­ters, with a big jump in num­bers recorded since re­lo­cat­ing to the west end of town.

The Raiders Box­ing Club is reg­u­larly wel­com­ing up to 30 chil­dren to its train­ing ses­sions since its move to the Tam­brey Pavil­ion, up from the five-12 it at­tracted at its old premises.

Box­ing club head coach Shane McDon­ald said grants and rent as­sis­tance from the City of Kar­ratha had en­abled the club to of­fer the twice-weekly chil­dren’s train­ing ses­sions for free.

McDon­ald said the train­ing ses­sions helped give the chil­dren goals to keep them out of mis­chief.

“Dis­ci­pline is the big­gest one for me, I don’t ac­cept talk-back,” he said. “A kids’ fight goes for fourand-a-half min­utes and if they don’t re­act as soon as I speak they can lose that quick. Con­fi­dence is an­other one — they will learn how to de­fend them­selves if need be.

“I have al­ready laid out the speeches to them con­stantly that if they get in a fight out­side of here, they are out of the club.”

The free half-hour ses­sions are hosted from 6pm on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days for ju­niors.

The se­niors are also go­ing strong and are look­ing at a big events cal­en­dar this year.

Se­niors and ju­niors will both ben­e­fit from the pres­ence of Ceire Rose Smith, who is ranked 22nd in the world in the 51kg weight class.

McDon­ald said the Raiders would host their main event in May, and ap­pear­ances at shows planned for Port Hed­land, Broome and Whim Creek were on the cards.

Pic­ture:s Tom Zaun­mayr

Raiders Box­ing Club coach Ceire Rose Smith puts the se­niors through their paces.

Se­niors warm up in the ring.

Raiders Box­ing Club head coach Shane McDon­ald puts the kids through some warm-ups.

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