Lo­cal man help­ing kids through box­ing club

A chat with a cou­ple Fundy un­der hockey play­ers

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Ted Ash is en­thu­si­as­tic when talk­ing about Beyond Box­ing Fit­ness So­ci­ety.

e man­ager and head coach of the new box­ing club lo­cated on the Es­planade, ap­pears to be liv­ing a dream.

“Box­ing has al­ways been a real pas­sion of mine,” Ash, 47, said. “I boxed o and on from the time I was 11 years of age. I re­al­ized these past few years that I feel the best when I’m help­ing peo­ple. is is part of what got me think­ing about open­ing a box­ing club.”

Em­ployed in sales with A.L.P.A. Equip­ment, Ash said the box­ing club opened in Septem­ber.

“We had 25 box­ers sign up; 23 chose to come back the sec­ond month. Since then, we’ve had 10 more box­ers sign up. We’re very pleased.”

e young club held its rst card re­cently at the Best Western Glen­garry.

“Four of our box­ers show­cased their ta­lent, we had three wins. It was huge for our over­all moral, just about ev­ery mem­ber of the club was there cheer­ing on team­mates. It was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing, these young box­ers did this on their own. I was ec­static.”

The fa­cil­ity on the Es­planade is neatly laid out – it has a weighin area, car­diac room, weight room, an area for shadow box­ing, speed bags, a main gym­na­sium, chang­ing room, a shower room and wash­rooms. Ted’s wife Stacey, his son Ethan, Jeremy Valen­tine, Doug May­nard and Ai­dan Cal­la­han all play im­por­tant roles in run­ning the gym.

J.T. om­son, who won his re- cent bout at the Glen­garry, de­scribed what it’s like to step in the ring.

“All your fo­cus is on the other guy,” om­son, 17, of Bible Hill, a Grade 12 stu­dent at CEC, said. “I try to lis­ten to my coaches’ in­struc­tions. About is a psy­cho­log­i­cal game, you feel the nerves,

there may be some but­ter ies in your stom­ach, but they even­tu­ally go away. e crowd gets ex­cited and a boxer is ex­cited to show the train­ing time he has put in.”

om­son, in­volved for sev­eral years in dairy and wood­work­ing pro­jects with 4-H, is look­ing for­ward to an­other bout in the new year.

Ke­an­drie Paris, mean­while, is just get­ting started.

“ is is my rst box­ing club ex­pe­ri­ence,” Paris, 12, of Truro, said. “I’m learn­ing lots of tech­niques; box­ing is a lot of fun.”

Spencer Mcgee is also try­ing the sport for the rst time.

“It’s mo­ti­va­tional,” Mcgee, 10, of Crowes Mills Road, said. “Box­ing helps me in or­ga­niz­ing my­self for school bet­ter. I’ve been do­ing some spar­ring, I’m look­ing for­ward to the day I ac­tu­ally have a bout.”

Dy­lan Gilchrist, of Onslow Moun­tain, was like­wise en­thused about get­ting in the ring with an op­po­nent.

Coach Ash said the club could use ad­di­tional vol­un­teers and he would wel­come any pos­i­tive ideas. Ash can be reached at 902 324-3673.

Calem Mcan­drew and Noah Har­ri­son red two goals apiece satur­day night as Fundy un­der de­feated Cabot High­landers (Port Hawkes­bury) 8-3 at colch­ester Le­gion Sta­dium.

The win im­proved the lo­cal team’s Nova Sco­tia Mi­nor Mid­get AAA Hockey League record to 7-6, good for 6th place among eight teams.

“Our team bat­tled back after trail­ing early in the game,” Har­ri­son, 17, of Springhill, said. “Our guys kept work­ing to­gether, we kept putting shots on goal, we stayed with it to earn the win.

This is a real tight league, ev­ery game means some­thing, there’s not much di er­ence be­tween any team.”

Har­ri­son, a cen­tre and the Fundy cap­tain, is a prod­uct of the Cum­ber­land County Mi­nor Hockey as­so­ci­a­tion. He’s recorded 11 goals and eight as­sists in 13 games.mc an­drew, with 10 points in 13 games, also com­mented on the league.

“As a devel­op­ment league, each team car­ries four 16-year-olds,” Mcan­drew, 16, of Brent­wood, said. “Most of the play­ers are only 15, it’s a skilled type of hockey, very close to ma­jor mid­get. I was re­ally happy when I heard this team was com­ing to Truro this year.”

Mcan­drew, a big booster of hockey, has played since age three.

“It’s our na­tional sport, so many Cana­dian friend­ships are made through hockey. I’m al­ways try­ing to teach peo­ple about hockey, I have a friend, an ex­change stu­dent from Viet­nam, he’s been tak­ing quite an in­ter­est in hockey.”

Near­ing the sea­son’s half­way mark, Fundy Thun­der re­cently had Gen­rus United (putting your health first) be­come the team’s ma­jor spon­sor.

Beyond Box­ing Fit­ness So­ci­ety mem­bers, from left, coach Ted Ash, Dy­lan Gilchrist, Spencer Mcgee, J.T. Thom­son and Ke­an­drie Paris.

Noah Har­ri­son, left and Calem Mcan­drew of Fundy Thun­der red two goals each in a re­cent home-ice win.

Lyle Carter

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