Club move draws more to training

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Raiders Boxing Club head coach Shane McDonald with a few of the kids in the ring.
Camera IconRaiders Boxing Club head coach Shane McDonald with a few of the kids in the ring. Credit: Pilbara News

Karratha’s boxing club is revelling in its move to new headquarters, with a big jump in numbers recorded since relocating to the west end of town.

The Raiders Boxing Club is regularly welcoming up to 30 children to its training sessions since its move to the Tambrey Pavilion, up from the five-12 it attracted at its old premises.

Boxing club head coach Shane McDonald said grants and rent assistance from the City of Karratha had enabled the club to offer the twice-weekly children’s training sessions for free.

Raiders Boxing Club head coach Shane McDonald puts the kids through some warm ups.
Camera IconRaiders Boxing Club head coach Shane McDonald puts the kids through some warm ups. Credit: Pilbara News

McDonald said the training sessions helped give the children goals to keep them out of mischief.

“Discipline is the biggest one for me, I don’t accept talk-back,” he said. “A kids’ fight goes for four-and-a-half minutes and if they don’t react as soon as I speak they can lose that quick. Confidence is another one — they will learn how to defend themselves if need be.

“I have already laid out the speeches to them constantly that if they get in a fight outside of here, they are out of the club.”

The free half-hour sessions are hosted from 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for juniors.

Seniors getting warmed up in the ring.
Camera IconSeniors getting warmed up in the ring. Credit: Pilbara News

The seniors are also going strong and are looking at a big events calendar this year.

Seniors and juniors will both benefit from the presence of Ceire Rose Smith, who is ranked 22nd in the world in the 51kg weight class.

McDonald said the Raiders would host their main event in May, and appearances at shows planned for Port Hedland, Broome and Whim Creek were on the cards.

Raiders Boxing Club coach Ceire Rose Smith putting the seniors through their paces.
Camera IconRaiders Boxing Club coach Ceire Rose Smith putting the seniors through their paces. Credit: Pilbara News

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