Boxing club's bus is back on the road
GLADSTONE Amateur Boxing Club's bus is now a spectacle to see, a representation of the commitment and pride the boxers have in the local sports group.
It is a major turnaround from where the bus was four months ago, left in tatters after vandals carelessly scratched, broke and slashed event part of the vehicle.
Hours of effort and tireless commitment to getting the bus back in peak condition has paid off for the boxing club.
The bus is now sign written, including photos of current and past members in a montage, a display coach Mick Daly envisaged to represent the pride the boxers have.
"It was a work in progress of four to five months," Daly said.
"I am very proud of it and the blokes that are on there, this is a trip down memory lane for them."
Getting the bus into this condition was not without its problems, Daly chasing photos to go on for a good amount of time before settling on what he had.
A lot of community support helped the cause.
"Steve Bycroft from Print Wright did a fantastic job," Daly said.
"Harvey Norman donated us a bed and our major sponsors helped too."
Daly has sent a message to the community about the clubs strength as well, saying they could have given up and driven the bus in poor condition, but wanted to demonstrate how committed and proud they are.
"They cost us over $20,000 but we decided to get it all done again and it is about pride," he said.
Current boxer Liam Nicolson is one of the boxers included in the buses montage, and was surprised to see himself on there when it was completed.
"It is a pretty big privilege to be selected, it shows the great heritage and the years of achievements of the whole club," Nicolson said.