Teens in the ring
SHE trains for almost three hours five days a week, is on a special diet, which she researched herself and somehow through all this maintains perfect A-grades at St Mary’s Primary School.
Meet 12-year-old Britnee Wallace.
After originally signing up to the Warwick Boxing Club (WBC) a the end of 2008 to just get fit so as she could pursue her lifelong dream – to get into the air force cadets – Britnee will tomorrow enter the ring for her first fight.
She admitted that when she first started training she had no aspirations to jump into the ring, but a month and a half after she began, the dream to enter the air force cadets was put on to the back-burner and boxing took its place.
Mum and dad Terease and Robert Wallace are very supportive and Terease admitted she was a little nervous about the thought of Britnee hopping into the ring tomorrow night, in an exhibition match in Gatton.
“I trust Britnee’s coaches and trainers, if they feel they need to throw in the towel then I know they will,” Terease said.
“I’ll be there on the night.”
Britnee on the other hand said she was not nervous at all about the bout, and was confident the three rounds would be a breeze in terms of her fitness level.
However, the girl she is fighting, a former Warwick girl, does weigh a bit more – 44 kilograms to Britnee’s 38kg.
Shane to hit the ring
FOR Shane Parry, boxing surely runs in the family.
The affable 17-year-old is trained by WBC stalwarts, and his dad and grandfather, Rod and Roy Parry, who will this weekend take him and Britnee to Gatton for amateur fights.
For Shane, it will be just his third amateur fight, and he is aiming to improve on his one loss, one draw record.
However Shane’s start to boxing was not the easiest – his first match was a title fight.
“My first fight was a title fight for the Queensland title, I lost that one,” he said with a laugh.
However jokes aside, Shane has been hard at work in the gym five days a week for months on end and the horticulturist wants to make a profession out of boxing.