BOXING BOYS: Ex-professional boxers Noel Thornberry and Barry Michael with Senior Constable Sarah Grayson visiting Charleville schools to promote ‘one punch can kill’ and Project WASTID.
BOXING BOYS: Ex-professional boxers Noel Thornberry and Barry Michael with Senior Constable Sarah Grayson visiting Charleville schools to promote ‘one punch can kill’ and Project WASTID. Jessica Crofts

Boxers send the message

STUDENTS of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Charleville State School were introduced to two of Australia’s ex-professional boxers on Friday who are touring to speak about ‘one punch can kill’.

In conjunction with their Project WASTID run over the weekend the boxers along with Charleville Senior Constable Sarah Grayson visited the children on a serious matter that has been in the public eye of late.

St Mary’s principal Louise Pfingst said it was important to have professionals to the area to promote these problems.

“I think education and prevention at a young age for these sorts of issues is key,” she said.

Both boxing professionals have had their fair share of trouble when they were younger and know the positive effects boxing can give to the individual.

Boxing coach Noel Thornberry has trained seven world champion fights from his backyard and is boxing coach to heavyweight boxers Alex Lepai and Ricky Thornberry.

“I came out to Charleville to teach kids about having an alternative, as to when they grow up they will encounter things such as drugs and alcohol,” he said.

Super featherweight boxing legend Barry Michael told the students that boxing was the best thing he ever took up when he was surrounded by negative influences at a young age.

“Boxing teaches you discipline and how to act around people when you are in situations where you need to defend yourself, but you must always use it in the right place at the right time,” he said.

“Now that ice is so prevalent in communities these days boxing is looked at to be something to turn to.

“Despite the bad rap boxing gets sometimes, it can be an alternative to something that could push you in the wrong direction later in life.”

Constable Grayson also mentioned to the students that boxing must be used in a controlled environment.

“Fighting outside the local gym and at school is not on and definitely prohibited,” she said.


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