Golden Rivers RSL Boxing Club capped off a tremendous year with its presentation night held at the RSL park in Junction St last Thursday.
The club’s members and their families gathered to celebrate a year that saw the club host two ‘fight nights’, as well as a large number of award winners.
Golden Rivers president and head trainer Roy Lynn outlined the club’s achievements for the year and his predictions for 2018.
‘‘We accomplished our goal of hosting our own fight night so it was quite a successful year,’’ he said.
‘‘The first event in particular was well attended and its success led to us holding another event in December. It was a great year for the club and the sport of boxing.
‘‘We plan to hold more fight nights this year with a meeting to be held soon regarding the dates for our next event.
‘‘I also hope to have more committee members on board to make the process of putting together the fight night much easier.’’
At the presentation night there were special awards given to boxers Brad Maw, Riley Foord and Blake Charlton.
Lynn said all three were worthy winners for their own reasons.
‘‘Brad had a tremendous year in and out of the ring,’’ he said.
‘‘He kept a clean sheet, sitting unbeaten at 4-0, improved his boxing skills and listened to all instructions. He also volunteered a lot of his own time to help set up for the fight nights which we all appreciate.
‘‘Blake showed fantastic sportsmanship despite being unlucky in two decision losses. He is one of the hardest trainers and also puts in countless hours of volunteer work.
‘‘Riley is another one of our fighters who trains hard and volunteers for the club. He also deserved extra recognition after volunteering to fight twice in the one night at our most recent fight night.’’
Another recipient of a special award was vice president Travis Rochford, who volunteered his time at a 2017 nationals event.
It’s been a busy year for Rochford, having filled the roles of trainer, as well as referee and judge at various events, including the Golden Rivers Fight Nights.
Rochford also made his way into the ring at the ‘Left Jab at the Showgrounds’ event in Shepparton, after a boxer’s opponent failed to show.
‘‘Travis saved our first show by finding a doctor and also worked very hard on the second show,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘He also helped out with shows in Mulwala and Shepparton at the last minute and showed his reliability throughout the year.
‘‘Without Travis, the club wouldn’t be as successful as it has been, so I’d like to give him a massive thanks for his tireless effort.’’
Other award winners on the night were as follows:
Encouragement awards - Beth Mills, Rachael Williams, Hayley Williams, Courtney Williams, Jacinta Williams, Kaan Ozmen, Haydon Ford, Bowie Doyle, Curtis Astill, Adrian De Voogel, Kyan Cahill and Dante Cahill.
Most Improved - Josh Rochford, Zack Rochford, Lachlan Dunn, Jess Wills, Daniel Chenhall, Trevor Butcher, Peter Doyle, Rohan Caniglia, Shannen Varty, Aaron Wood and Pieta Marks.
Senior awards - Vicki O’Keefe, Jess Holloway, Travis Rochford, Terry Blake, Paul Johnstone, Rach West, Heather Rose, Brad Maw, Blake Charlton and Luke Charlton.