Garage Band of Brothers

29 August 2023|Community News, Sport| Off Comments off on Garage Band of Brothers|

A modest not-for-profit boxing gym that runs out of a Glenorchy garage is preparing to head overseas and represent Australia against some of the best fighters in Scotland.

The Glenorchy Boxing Club was founded in 2012 when Rod Curtain opened a purpose-built boxing gym to help talented young local fighters reach their potential, while preaching confidence and positive values to the next generation.

“I was still a boxing referee but hadn’t been a trainer for eight years when I founded the club,” Rod said.

“We are proud to be a not-for-profit club. Amateur boxing shouldn’t be about making money – it should be about providing a platform for young fighters to fulfil their potential.

“We welcome anyone into the club. Some of our kids have trouble at school and since they have been training with us their confidence has grown immensely.”

The club has about 20 members and trainers who pay the $2 fees to enhance their skills in Rod’s backyard.

Thomas Barker and Liam McKenzie are two Australian champions training at Glenorchy who will represent Australia in Scotland later this year, while Liam’s father Trent is one of the coaches passing on his knowledge.

“Since we announced the trip to Scotland the local community has been incredibly supportive, the donations and assistance we’ve received has been essential,” Trent said.

“Thomas and Liam are the two best middle-weight boxers in Australia and well respected in the community as incredible role models for the younger kids.

“For a self-funded local club to be granted the opportunity to represent the nation overseas was an amazing opportunity that we couldn’t turn down.

“The event in October is a lifetime opportunity for these young athletes to represent their country. They should be incredibly proud and it’s something they will never forget.”

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