Si­b­lings strike gold


Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

MOST brothers fight, but for these two from Tap­ping, spar­ring gives them a com­pet­i­tive edge.

Three years train­ing with Wan­neroo Am­a­teur Box­ing Club helped Solomon (15) and Seth (12) Price win gold medals at the U19 Aus­tralian Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide this month.

Solomon, who is in Year 11 at Wan­neroo Sec­ondary Col­lege, won the ju­nior na­tional cham­pion ti­tle, hav­ing won sil­ver at last year’s cham­pi­onships in Queens­land.

The teenager said he loved the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the sport and trained at the Wan­neroo club three times a week.

“I have learnt a lot of dis­ci­pline,” he said.

His younger brother, who is in Year 8 at Joseph Banks Sec­ondary Col­lege, said he was feel­ing good after win­ning the na­tional school­boy ti­tle.

“When you box, you feel a lot more con­fi­dent after a few wins; I def­i­nitely do,” he said. “It’s a re­ally good sport to get into at a young age.

“It’s re­ally good for self-con­trol in gen­eral.”

Seth said fac­ing box­ers of dif­fer­ent ages and weights helped de­velop that self-con­trol, as older box­ers fo­cus on de­fence as they “go easy” on their younger op­po­nents, who in turn de­velop self-con­fi­dence.

Solomon trains with the adults at the gym so the brothers don’t usu­ally box each other.

“We don’t get to spar when we are at the gym, but when we are at home… I’m his punch­ing bag,” Seth said. “There’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion be­tween us.”

Seth said he did kick­box­ing be­fore they joined the box­ing club three years ago, and he en­joyed bas­ket­ball and rid­ing dirt bikes as well.

Coach Neil Gled­hill said mem­bers of the club had won three gold and two sil­ver medals in the past five years.

He said the club had 13 boys com­pet­ing in WA events, mak­ing it the high­est num­ber reg­is­tered in WA.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d468382

Brothers Seth and Solomon Price.

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