AMATEUR boxers from as far away as Werribee will converge on Warrnambool for a development camp next month.
Warrnambool gym Rudy’s Boxing has earned hosting rights for the Boxing Australia Regional Development Program on June 21 and 22.
The program is open to boxers of all standards, with participants coming under the guidance of respected Melbourne coach Adam Nahal.
Nahal, the program manager for Victoria, said staging camps in country areas was an extension of the existing BA development program.
Similar camps are scheduled for Bendigo and Foster, as well as Collingwood, in coming weeks.
“The development program as a concept isn’t new,” Nahal said.
“The strategy I’m implementing by getting out to country Victoria and getting involved with the clubs in the country is an addition to it.
“I think it’s important to get out and foster activity in rural Victoria to keep the engagement, keep the interest in the sport.
“There are a good number of clubs that feed into the system. We need to keep them in the system by having these programs.”
Nahal, recently appointed to the role, said the camps would teach participants Boxing Australia technical content.
“We’ve got specific content to deliver at the camp. There’s three sessions on Saturday and three sessions on Sunday,” he said.
“It’s targeted at young boxers, boxers that could potentially make state and national teams and boxers who are in the system.
“The technical content is so if they do make that elite level, it doesn’t have to be re-taught, they’ve already got some technical proficiency.”
Rudy’s Boxing coach Rodney Ryan said Warrnambool hosting the camp was a coup for boxers in the region.
“In terms of development for juniors, which is what they’re about, it’s a huge thing,” he said.
Ryan said coaches such as himself would also benefit from being ringside at the camp.
“As a coaching tool it’ll be fantastic. We’ve had a couple of boxers do well at national level, Luci (Hand) and Bessie (Slater),” he said.
“When they go to the AIS, they’ll be up to speed with the terminology if their coach knows it. They don’t go there and spend two or three days bewildered.”