Jason Richards
Jason Richards

Richards on track as hard work pays off

ADAM HICKS

IT WAS not enough just to want it for Ballina boxer Jason Richards; the 16-year-old had to prove it.

Richards’ hard work and dedication has earned him a spot in National Talent Development’s Centre of Excellence program.

One of only 20 fighters in the country to be given the opportunity, Richards, pictured left, had to travel to Canberra to show his skills and keep a diary of training regime.

“There was strict selection criteria,” said Ballina Centre of Excellence’s Jason Williams.

“They have to follow a development program and have to following a strict training program and keep a diary to prove it.”

Richards trains twice a day, six days a week. In his trial fight in Canberra, he knocked out his opponent in the first round.

“He’s pretty well on track and he’s look pretty positive for next year to gain a full scholarship with the AIS,” Williams said.

“He has been put on full development for the next 12 months and he will be able to fight-off for positions to represent Australia overseas.

“He is dedicated to his training and if he keeps going, he’s going to be in with a big chance.

“The good thing about the program is it gives guys the opportunity to represent Australia.”

The Ballina Centre of Excellence is one of five in the country. One of its members, Abe Archibald, travelled from Guyra every six weeks to take part in training camps and development programs.

His dedication was rewarded with a full scholarship with the AIS.



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