Buzz of activity at Waitangirua gym
On a cold and wet night in Waitangirua, the kids are having fun.
Waitangirua Community Boxing Club – still known by many as Rebel Boxing Porirua – is now based at the hall at the top of Loongana St, adjacent to the mall.
Thursday nights are for the kids and about 30 of them – aged from 4 to 11 – pack in for a mixture of serious boxing training and fun.
Skipping, press-ups, lots of running and hitting bags means some sweaty kids to take home.
The club’s founder Phil Findlay said the feedback had been overwhelming from parents and young ones alike.
‘‘We’ve been here about three months [after moving from the Porirua Hospital grounds] and it’s the perfect place for us,’’ he said. ‘‘The word is out.
‘‘We’re growing our numbers and you can tell by the smiles on the kids’ faces and their parents that what we’re doing is working. We want kids off the couch and away from the computers.’’
Findlay said children were charged a gold coin to come each week, though that was not enforced strictly.
There is a no alcohol policy and the club is smokefree.
‘‘ We’re not here turning a profit – this is something from our community, for our community, getting people into fitness and the great sport of boxing,’’ he said.
‘‘We have a dedicated team of trainers and we’re going to get some good fighters out of here.’’
Highly- ranked boxer Liz White now trains in Waitangirua and there were several prospects coming through who would push for titles at regional and national level soon, Findlay said.
Adults train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
A ring would be installed soon, Findlay said.
Tobias Hatfield, 9, was at his fourth session at the gym last Thursday. He said he loved learning to box for his own confidence and especially enjoyed hitting the pads.
Boxing clever: Nine-year-old Tobias Hatfield gets into his work with trainer Antz Mihaka at Waitangirua Community Boxing Club.