Bonnie Doon’s trio of Golden Gloves champs
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.
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.