Long­time box­ing coach hon­oured

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Chris Kenny de­scribed re­ceiv­ing his New Zealand Or­der of Merit ( ONZM) medal at Gov­ern­ment House as ‘‘a great ex­pe­ri­ence’’.

Kenny be­gan coach­ing in Porirua in 1967 and is still ac­tive with the Porirua Box­ing Club, pro­duc­ing re­gional and na­tional cham­pi­ons on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

He coached New Zealand at Ocea­nia, Com­mon­wealth and Olympic Games lev­els, is a life mem­ber of Box­ing New Zealand and is pres­i­dent of the Welling­ton & Hutt Val­ley Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Kenny said he was sur­prised to be named in the New Year hon­ours list. He said the glam­orous in­vesti­ture event on May 3 was more about rep­re­sent­ing his sport, than a per­sonal achieve­ment.

‘‘I think this [award] is good for box­ing and for Porirua and I was very proud to re­ceive it.’’

Photo: SACHA KENNY

Well de­served: Chris Kenny with his ONZM at Gov­ern­ment House on May 3.

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