Warwick boxers impress national coach with talent, attitude
BOXING: Warwick Boxing Club has developed a reputation in Queensland producing good fighters, which prompted a return visit from the sport's national development coach.
Don Abnett returned to the club late last week to view the progress of the young athletes, after his initial visit in September.
As head coach of the boxing program for the London Olympics in 2012 and as assistant coach in Rio in 2016, Abnett had a wealth of knowledge to share.
He worked with young boxers - aged 11 to 21 - on agility, balance, co-ordination and punching bag practice.
"They've got a few good, talented athletes and young Jake Wyllie he's an exceptional talent," Abnett said.
The stand-out quality of young Warwick athletes was their attitude.
"In all sports, that's one of the hard battles having athletes enthusiastic and willingly train," Abnett said.
Abnett said he could see the drills he worked on during his previous visit had been implemented in the training program.
"When you first start the balance and coordination drills the athletes take a bit of time to adjust and you can see they'd been doing the training before," he said.
Warwick trainer Damien Lawler said seeing prestigious coaches motivated young athletes and showed local training was on the right track.
"We're all still learning but their foot work and their abilities that these kids are showing, is definitely up there with the rest," he said.
"It's just reassurance for myself to know that the stuff that I'm teaching is the stuff within Australian boxing, we're not led off a different path."
Lawler said Abnett had an interest Warwick-based state champion Jake Wyllie and Warwick was developing more athletes that could follow in his footsteps.
"We've got a young kid Sam Ogden, who's only had one fight but he's showing good potential in the sport of boxing," Lawler said.
Beth McMahon, 13, was also showing good technique, Lawler said.
"Warwick's got great sporting talent if the kids can stay focussed, the sky's the limit," he said.