TAKING THE TEST: Cameron Dunn said 2018 had been a busy year and he was looking forward to what's to come in 2019.
TAKING THE TEST: Cameron Dunn said 2018 had been a busy year and he was looking forward to what's to come in 2019. Contributed

Classes provide a positive outlet for all

BOXING: Age is proving no barrier for keen boxers, with numbers continuing to grow and age disparity widening.

Stanthorpe Amateur Boxing Club coach Cameron Dunn said he had kids as young as eight and men aged up to 60 taking part in his classes each week.

Dunn runs three classes a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

"We do boxing circuits, pad drills, combinations on pads,” he said.

"As they get better we do some sparring, moving, blocking, all that sort of thing.”

Boxing has long been seen as an outlet for teens with pent-up frustration and Dunn has seen some benefits.

"The community service guys were going to start sending some people up to us this year, some youths who might be struggling a bit,” he said.

"We've seen a couple of these types of kids come in. Most won't stick with it but it does help.”

Dunn said he'd been contacted by school principals who had remarked on the significant behavioural improvements after taking up the classes.

"When they really put it in it does make a difference,” he said.

The classes are run out of a shed at 8 Britannia St, with junior classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-6pm and seniors from 6-7.30pm.

For more information phone Cameron Dunn on 0413691757 or find Stanthorpe Amateur Boxing Club on Facebook.

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