Champs add punch to BoxFit project
The BoxFit program was a new initiative by local club Unit 2 Boxing, in partnership with the South Hedland Police, but the final session was given a big shake-up on Friday night.
Olympian Todd Kidd and Australian featherweight champion Greg Eadie oversaw the matches on the evening between a wide range of kids, from the naturally talented to new and inexperienced.
The renowned duo were invited by BoxFit instructor David Rudd, who knew them personally.
Rudd said the visitors were being kept busy, as they visited Hedland Senior High School and Warralong community, and ran the BoxFit session.
“These guys have fought the best in the world and all around the world,” he said when introducing the two to a crowd of gathered spectators and interested kids.
Eadie said the Warralong visit had been a new experience and the kids they worked with were amazing once they got to know them.
“There was one who held my hand the whole time,” he said.
Unit 2 Boxing manager John Van Maanen said the club is trying to shake the stigma around boxing and promote it as an Olympic level sport. “We are really trying to push the sport side of thing,” he said.
The BoxFit program ran for 10 weeks, three nights a week, and there was an average of 30 kids turning up every session.
The special BoxFit session on Friday night was organised by Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.
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