Punchy addition sealed with a kiss at boxing club
BOXING: The new section of the Warwick Boxing Club gym, at the western end of Albert St, has been dedicated to the Kiss family.
The front section (southern end) will still be known as the Sel Brackin Gym.
Warwick Boxing Club treasurer Wayne Watt said the extension cost $120,000.
"The majority came from a grant from Queensland Government Sport and Recreation,” he said.
"We had to upgrade the electrical wiring in the old section and put rubber tiles on the floor which are great for the feet.”
A new toilet and shower have been constructed, roof insulation and ceiling fans added, along with two roller doors at the back of the gym.
Watt said Dr John Kiss trained a number of children at the gym for many years which was the reason the extension was dedicated to his family.
The club has fitness training four nights a week from 6pm.
President Mick Gaffney takes the Monday fitness session, Terry Watt is the instructor on Tuesdays, Dr Kiss each Wednesday and Paddy Windle on Thursdays.
New boxing bags have also been purchased.
"There are 16 punching bags, we had seven in the old section,” he said.
"We regularly have 35 at fitness training.”
There are also 7pm fitness sessions each Tuesday and Thursday with Ross Brackin.
At 3.30pm each weekday, Damien Lawler runs a fitness and boxing session for juniors.
Some are competitive boxers and some just come for fitness.
Adult fitness training will run until December 21 and resume in early January.
Watt said any adults keen to undertake fitness training were welcome Monday-Thursday at the gym at 5.45pm or on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6.45pm.
The original gym was once a depot and officials believe the building is around 100 years old.