New building for Port Lincoln gym

TRAINING: Peter Williams and Scottie Williams get to work in the new Williams Boxing Gym at The Lodge.

TRAINING: Peter Williams and Scottie Williams get to work in the new Williams Boxing Gym at The Lodge.

THE Williams Boxing Gym is inviting the community to visit its new gym on Saturday as it continues its work to help young people in the community.

The gym has moved to The Lodge at Stamford Drive and will have the facility fully set up in time for its open day.

Head coach Peter Williams said the new facility was made possible thanks to Chelsea King and the Lodge Club members.

He said the club was not-for-profit and support from sponsors, businesses and the wider community had helped it continue throughout the years.

“We’ve all got full time jobs, all money goes into the club and transport to Adelaide for competitions,” he said.

The open day starts at 10am and will continue until 4pm with former Australian light heavyweight champion Sam Lakin leading training between 10am and noon.

People will also be able to find out about other elements of the gym including classes, membership and its involvement in state competitions.

The gym is proud of its work in the community and helping young athletes become committed boxing champions or stand outs on a state or national level.

The gym’s club manager Scottie Williams said there was a great group of young athletes who had trained with them including amateur and professional champions at state and national level.

“We’re producing some great talent in Port Lincoln,” he said.

Williams Boxing Gym is also committed to continuing to be an advocate for men’s mental health and work with local organisations.

The gym has organised at least five charity boxing events for men’s mental health between 1988 and 2016 with last year’s event attracting about 800 people to the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre.

Peter Williams said the gym had worked with local organisations and had helped many young people vent and eventually express themselves.

“We let them have an outlet and they will open up later,” he said.

Mr Williams said he and trainers Scottie Williams, Adrian Kraft and Lorenzo Famiglietti had worked with many of these young people and had noticed them change for the better.

The new gym will be open to everyone in the community and the trainers are hoping people will take advantage to find out what it is all about.

Mr Williams said the gym was also looking to the future with the possibility of hosting social nights as well as organising the first sanctioned boxing event in Port Lincoln in 50 years this year.

Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Scottie Williams on 0474 170 216.

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