Boxer Damien Hooper shows the kids how it’s done at the Deadly Choices community day held at the Gladstone PCYC.
Boxer Damien Hooper shows the kids how it’s done at the Deadly Choices community day held at the Gladstone PCYC. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Olympic boxer inspires youth to make good choices

FROM Damien Hooper's words it was clear the Olympic boxer felt strongly about future generations making the right decisions in life.

The Deadly Choices ambassador headed the Deadly Choices community day run by the Nhulundu Health Service yesterday at the PCYC.

Drinking and doing drugs by the age of eight, Mr Hooper said he was headed down a "rough path of substance abuse" but he managed to make changes for himself that led him to success.

"My boxing has gotten me through a lot of tough times in my life, because I want to be successful and I want to be a leader for my people," he said.

"All kids can relate to similar things, it doesn't have to be sport."

Mr Hooper said looking out for family members and making sure they were making the right decisions was important in changing the face of the health within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The day had a great turn out, with many families attending the event and taking part in the health promotions such as the free health checks, fitness and cooking demonstrations as well as a healthy lunch.

Nhulundu Health Service health services operations general manager Carly Cooke said she hoped the event would trigger an increase in the number of people using their services to improve their health.

"If we educate the community we won't see them coming back through the door in the short term or even in the long term affected by type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and many other chronic diseases."



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