By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THINGS are a changing down at the Gladstone PCYC after the appointment of Russell Thompson as the new boxing coach.
A former state champion at junior level, Thompson comes to the club after six years with the Biloela PCYC.
The 38-year-old is a welcome addition to the ranks and has already made a big impact in his very short time at the helm.
'I have been very happy with how things are going so far,' Thompson said.
'The whole atmosphere around the gym has been very good and we are looking to keep it that way.'
Thompson said he has been surprised by the response to the gym opening again and is training four nights a week. 'At the start we were open three nights a week, but we have had to go another night because the people are keen,' he said.
And it doesn't matter what age you are, or if you just want to get fit, Thompson is happy to train anybody.
'If people are willing to start learning they can come here,' he said.
'We have had footballers and indoor soccer players who want to get fit training one night a week to young kids who are keen to box.
'The variety has been great to see as a coach and I will train anyone who wants to have a go.
'We also have some very good fighters who are going to be out fighting next year which is great,' he said.
And expect Thompson to be here for a while, with the man himself committed for the long haul.
'Mate, I love boxing, I love training and being here in Gladstone is exciting.'