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Games sports assets deliver a knockout deal to Queensland’s boxers

Boxers of all ages and levels will benefit from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) after Boxing Queensland was successful in applying for sporting equipment under the GC2018 Legacy Assets Program.

Boxing Queensland is among sporting clubs, schools and sports organisations throughout Queensland to share in more than 20,000 items of sporting equipment, providing a lasting legacy of the GC2018.

Boxing Queensland secretary Ann Tindall said the organisation received a portable training ring, clothing, gloves, protective gear, weighting scales and other equipment used during the Games.

“We think the Games experience and the branded equipment we are getting will inspire boxers to perform at their best,” she said.

Ann said the sport was growing in popularity with over 170 boxing clubs, gyms and PCYC clubs involved in the sport as well as dedicated volunteers who coach, officiate and organise competitions.

She said the Games should inspire new and existing members of the boxing community to be involved.

‘There’s a great level of camaraderie among people involved in boxing, from fighters to trainers, doctors to volunteers who help make competitions happen.

“They can see where they fit and get a lot of satisfaction from being involved. Some of our community were involved in the Games as officials and volunteers, and I hope they can put their experiences from such a major competition to good use in the future,” she said.

Ann said tournaments such as the recent South East Queensland Titles on the Gold Coast brought the boxing community together, to meet, share knowledge and enjoy a communal atmosphere for a weekend.

It is not uncommon for these competitions to have over 50 bouts and feature boxers who’ve travelled from across Australia to compete.

“Boxing teaches self-confidence and discipline like few other sports do. To train and compete effectively you need to have such a singular focus. You need to be dedicated to demonstrate the right behaviours inside and outside of the gym,” Ann said.

Now that the Games are over, Queensland’s elite boxers are training hard for national and international competitions such as the Oceania Youth Championships and the Elite Australian Championships this December in Canberra.

The Sports Assets Legacy Program is being delivered as part of the Queensland Government’s Embracing 2018 Legacy Program to create benefits for communities beyond the Games. For more information about the distribution of assets and sporting equipment visit www.embracing2018.com.

Pictured: Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Skye Nicholson

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