Australian boxing coach brings new training regime to city
AUSTRALIAN national coaches are not common on Gladstone's sporting landscape. So when one joins the ranks, even if only for a few days, the hype and attention paid to his every word is magnified.
Australia's amateur boxing coach Don Abnett has been to Gladstone a few times, his latest visit though, at a training camp on Friday and Saturday, broke new ground.
After finding himself intertwined with the lead-up work to last year's World Championships in Kazakhstan with the Irish team, Abnett, along with his Gladstone- based assistant Mick Daly, learnt a whole new approach to training.
"The Irish had a great Georgian coach who has developed a great coaching system I am following," Abnett said.
"I drove up and did a few stops on the way; it is a lot of demonstration and implementation in these camps."
The camps Abnett speaks off are two-day, three-session workouts which prepares the boxer for all their skill sets.
Usually split into a nine- session system, the two days only allows for an accelerated program an initiation to the future.
"Because I am not running the whole nine, I videotaped one and am sending that around to everyone," Abnett said.
"What we do is active and passive defence at short, medium and long range."
Developing the skills of Gladstone's range of boxers - some who have not yet fought - the camp also included fighters from Rockhampton and Bundaberg.
Visiting Gladstone is a favourite for Abnett, who is determined to make regular visits to assist at a gym he has a great regard for.