Box­ers boost Manawatu’s team

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Bam's Boxing did Tararua proud at the Hawke's Bay Bat­tle For Life on Satur­day Septem­ber 8 in the Hastings Sports Cen­tre.

Five Dan­nevirke fight­ers made up al­most half of the Manawatu¯ team fight­ing against Hawke's Bay and with three wins and two losses, the lat­ter both on split de­ci­sions, gym owner Adam Jones was de­lighted with their per­for­mance.

Each year lo­cal Hawke's Bay civil­ians en­ter the boxing ring to help com­bat the ever-grow­ing rate of sui­cide by giv­ing hope and rais­ing aware­ness that it's ok to ask for help as well as raise much needed funds for lo­cal com­mu­nity Sui­cide Preven­tion projects. With the Manawatu¯ con­tin­gent par­tic­i­pat­ing the com­bined to­tal raised was $22,000.

Adam said the whole event was a won­der­ful night. A large crowd in ex­cess of 500 peo­ple en­joyed a great night of hos­pi­tal­ity and boxing.

There were 24 ta­bles, each pay­ing $1000 to­wards the cause. Dan­nevirke alone had six ta­bles to pro­vide vo­cif­er­ous sup­port for the Bam's box­ers.

A three-course meal and non­al­co­holic drinks added to the evening.

“With­out al­co­hol it meant the crowd was there to en­joy the boxing and sup­port the char­ity,” said Adam.

“For all of the box­ers the 12-week train­ing pro­gramme has been a great bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as well as of ter­rific fit­ness ben­e­fit.” Adam says he is con­fi­dent the box­ers will con­tinue train­ing and he hopes they will be back next year.

Bam's Boxing's Con­ner An­der­son will be in the ring dur­ing the school hol­i­days com­pet­ing in the Na­tional Weight Grade Cham­pi­onships. He has been train­ing hard and Adam be­lieves Con­ner could well re­turn with a ti­tle.

The Bam’s team and coaches from left: Tony Man­sill(Coach), Dan Billing, Blair Tay­lor Adam Jones, Tama Petera, , Michael Scrimshaw (Coach). In Front: Na­men Rautu.

Na­men Rautu on at­tack for Manawatu¯ .

Adam Jones gives it all in his win.

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