6 Otago Daily Times . Friday. October 7, 2011
His aim to open a boxing school
By OtlVlA GAtDWEtt boxing career was cut short
whenhewas involved ina
EPIC Boxing Showdown serious car crash.
organiser Stewart Mitchell He said his coachingcareer
wants to open a juniorboxing had helped fill the void leftby
academy in Queenstown. the accident and that was why
Buoyed bythe success oflast he was keen to see young boxers
weekend's event, Mr Mitchell, achieve.
who is the head trainer at So far he has eight registered
Queenstown's Fight Science boxers five ofwhom have
Gym, wants to build a local base competed. He wants to get a
ofjuniors to compete in the next "nucleus of kids" to begin their
showdown, which is scheduled amateurcareers.
for early next year. MrMitchell has two
To help achieve thatgoal, he daughters, a ged, 2 and 4, and he
plans to hold free training plans to have them wearing
camps in December during the boxinggloves "as soon as I can".
school holidays. He said his l2-yearplanwas
"This is forkids who seriously Character building ... Fight Science Gym owner Braden Lee (left) holds a punch bag while head trainer to create aworld championhere
want to try boxing with the Stewart Mitchell works out at the Fight Science Gym on Repco Boulevard in Oueenstowl. pH0T0: olrvrA cALDWELL in what he calls the "mini Vegas
possibility of competing," he ofboxing".
said. "It's not a babysitters bar", which would hopefully earlywere massive. can't shiftthe blame."
club." develop boxing in the resort and "I realised the benefits of He said boxing was a great I Fight Science Gym will hold
His plan is to run two classes have the boxers ready for the confidence, work ethic; and you wayto develop discipline in an open evening in November
a week for both 10 to l3-year- next Epic Boxing Showdown. can apply that to whatever you both adults and children and it for parents and children to
olds and 14 to 16-year-olds, with "In fourto five months, they do in life," he said. "installs the will to win". lodge their interest in the junior
about 15 children per class. could be competing." "Boxinggives you "It's notjust about creating programme. For further details,
Mr Mitchell said by putting Mr Mitchell started boxing at accountability and champions in the ring, but contact Stewaft Mitchell at
time into junior boxing in the age of 17, but he said the responsibility because you only characters outside it as well." Fight Science Gym on (03)
Queenstown he was "raisingthe benefits of getting into the sport have yourselfin the ring; you Mr Mitchell's professional 441-8311.