Bon­nie Doon’s trio of Golden Gloves champs

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT -

BON­NIE Doon’s trio of box­ing cham­pi­ons have done it again, this time tak­ing out the Aus­tralian 2016 Golden Gloves Cham­pi­onships.

Jen­son Curtin, in just his first year of com­pe­ti­tion, is yet to lose a match and took out the 50 kilo­gram School Boy cat­e­gory with ease – drop­ping his op­po­nent in the first round.

Jay­jay Curtin fought a good game and came away the cham­pion in his 60 kilo­gram Ju­nior Cham­pion, with Shaun Thomas con­tin­u­ing his streak in the 60 kilo­gram Elite Divi­sion.

The Golden Gloves were fought over three days in Au­gust in Bris­bane, and the boys have re­turned home to im­merse them­selves in train­ing be­fore they rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria this month at an in­ter­state com­pe­ti­tion.

“I just could not be­lieve it when all three of them one,” proud mother, Kerry Curtin, said.

“I was cry­ing...I was just so happy for all three of them.

“They all just eat, sleep and breathe box­ing – when I watched them fight I just could not get over how well dis­ci­plined and re­spect­ful they were, not just with their coaches and the judges but with the other fight­ers as well – I could not be any prouder.”

The boys train four days each week at home in Bon­nie Doon, and then travel to Mel­bourne twice each week to train with their pri­vate coach Kel Byrne.

It would seem box­ing runs in the Curtin gene pool, with the boys’ dad the twice for­mer English Fly­weight ABA Cham­pion.

“The in­volve­ment of the boys’ dad is what first at­tracted them to the sport,” Ms Curtin ex­plained.

“Box­ing is so good for young boys – it teaches them about self­con­trol, about manners and about re­spect – and how to work hard to achieve your goals.”

Not to be out done, 11 year old Ge­orgie Curtin is hop­ing to com­pete in the Ju­nior Fe­male box­ing Divi­sion this year as well.

The box­ers are all hop­ing to com­pete at the Ju­nior Com­mon­wealth Games.

PHOTO: David Mims

POWER VOL­LEY: Lisa Lang makes an over­head vol­ley for Mansfield Blue in their match against Mansfield Red last week. Blue are play­ing in the semi fi­nals this week.

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