Boxing in the north is set to get a boost, with the sport’s State governing body set to hold a number of tournaments in the area next year.
Broome, Wickham and Port Hedland are all earmarked to host competitions in 2019 as Boxing WA looks to implement its strategy and grow the sport in regional areas.
According to Boxing WA president Geoff Peterson, boxing used to be a big sport in the region, but several factors including fly-in, fly-out work and financial pressures had seen it diminish slightly.
However, work to increase the skills of coaches and incentives such as cost-reduced tournaments have helped rebuild the sport’s stranglehold on the area.
“We are trying to build that area up again as part of our strategic plan,” Peterson said. “It is good there now. “There are more clubs up there. “There is still a long way to go because with the FIFO work it has been tough to get established coaches.”