Port Lincoln could yet produce another boxing champion in young Thomas Westcott, who at the age of 12 is making the fortnightly trip to Adelaide for boxing lessons from former Port Lincoln based boxing champion Samuel Lakin.
Training everyday, Thomas said he aimed to become an internationally acclaimed champion boxer, but first had his eyes set on winning in his weight category for Australia.
“It’s good, it’s fun,” Thomas said.
About a month ago his father, Nigel Westcott, approached Mr Lakin to become his sole coach and “take Tom as far as he wants to go.”
Former Australian light heavyweight champion Mr Lakin, who was trained in the Williams Boxing Gym, said he was happy to take on such an enthusiastic and willing student.
“He has a good head on his shoulders for such a young boy,” Mr Lakin said.
Mr Westcott said he was proud of Thomas and the level of his determination at such a young age.
Williams Boxing Gym head coach Scott Williams said Thomas had everything he needed to pursue his boxing career.
“It’s about being professional...and to keep on going,” he said.
Mr Lakin said it would be interesting to see how Thomas’ own style would evolve after being trained by someone who was also trained by Pete Williams.
“What he lacks in ability he makes up with having a huge heart...his desire is huge,” Mr Lakin said.
In Adelaide, Thomas will be working on his technical training, high intensity boxing routines, and the psychology of boxing.
If you would like to donate to help out with Thomas’ travel expenses visit https://www.gofundme.com/sbt34v-australian-championships.