BOX­ING

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.”

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