Acting Sergeant Peter Stone, Gladstone PCYC boxing coach Russell Thomas  and Rizelle McVilly at the PCYC.
Acting Sergeant Peter Stone, Gladstone PCYC boxing coach Russell Thomas and Rizelle McVilly at the PCYC.

Thomas rewinds PCYC boxing heyday

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE GLORY days of the 1980s are set to return to the Gladstone PCYC boxing club if new head coach Russell Thomas has his way.

Thomas, the architect of the club's growth over that golden period, has returned to help the club become stronger again.

Thomas is pleased to be back in the sport in Gladstone, especially with boxing enjoying a golden period under the guidance of Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club coach Mick Daly.

'It is good to be back in the boxing mix, Mick has done a great job with boxing here and I think it would be great if we were able to get near his club's standing here,' Thomas said.

'I think it would be great if Gladstone had two strong clubs under the same banner to help not only our club, but also Mick's to improve the level of competition here.'

Since his return, the interest in boxing and assorted programs at the PCYC has increased.

Thomas welcomes anyone to come down and test their limits.

'It is not just about boxing, we also have boxercise or fitness programs to help everyone out.

'It does not matter if you are a boy or girl, young or old ? you are welcome to give it a go,' he said.

But a word of warning, the likeable Thomas only takes the people who are serious.

'We are a respectful club and if you aren't fair dinkum you probably should not be involved in boxing or related boxing style programs anywhere,' he said.



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