Heavy hitters

2 August 2022|Community News| Off Comments off on Heavy hitters|

A LITTLE gym in Glenorchy is punching well above is weight, bringing back a haul of medals from the recent national championships.

Mckeowns Boxing Gym was established by Zane Mckeown in 2016 as a safe and non-competitive environment for people looking to enhance their boxing skills.

Based at the Glenorchy Showgrounds and run by a group of dedicated volunteers with a strong focus on the local community, the gym strives to maintain an inclusive culture for members, who range in age from 10 to 50.

Mckeowns is registered with Boxing Tasmania and Boxing Australia, and is now making its mark on the national boxing circuit.

In May this year, Mckeowns athletes Kayla Mckeown and Chris Lenga and former Mckeowns boxer Clinton Cooper returned from the Australian Club Boxing Championships with two gold medals and a silver – not bad for a small club based in Hobart’s northern suburbs.

“We are extremely proud of the results,” gym co-owner Kristy McKeown said.

“The professionalism and spirit of our boxers at national level was inspiring. They are proving to be great ambassadors for our club.”

Member for Elwick Josh Willie MLC recently visited the club to learn more about their achievements.

“Mckeowns does an amazing job to support the development of those looking to learn boxing skills,” he said.

“At a grassroots level, promising young boxers like Kayla and Chris have been presented with an opportunity they may otherwise have missed and are proving to be a force on the national stage.”

This month, Mckeowns athletes will compete alongside other upcoming Tasmanian boxers at a tournament in Launceston.

It is then onto Sydney in October and November, where Mckeowns boxers will take part in multiple-day competitions, gaining valuable experience and knowledge for future opportunities.

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