Buzz of ac­tiv­ity at Wai­tan­girua gym

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Box­ing clever: Nine-year-old To­bias Hat­field gets into his work with trainer Antz Mi­haka at Wai­tan­girua Com­mu­nity Box­ing Club.

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