HUMBLE GIVER: Boxing trainer Arthur Maloney from Arthur Maloney's Glove Club, Gonnellabah, with boxers Mel Ward and Hayley Brown at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
HUMBLE GIVER: Boxing trainer Arthur Maloney from Arthur Maloney's Glove Club, Gonnellabah, with boxers Mel Ward and Hayley Brown at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. Patrick Gorbunovs

Lifetime Volunteer Award for boxing coach and friend

NO ONE is going to fight Arthur Maloney over the right to his Lifetime Volunteer Award for 55 years of service to the community.

After being a boxing coach, confidante and anger management trainer for generations of our region's young people, he'd have some pretty fierce defenders. Mr Maloney, of Maloney's Glove Club, said he was "humbled" by his award at the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program this month.

When he was just 18 he took over from his father as a boxing coach in Lismore. Between 1967 and 1977 he coached at Casino.

"When I came back to Lismore I had a little garage down Ewing Street. Kids started poking their heads in all the time so I had to get something bigger. So I built a gym in my backyard, a 7m by 7m shed," he said.

"I trained the kids over there until 1990 when I found out insurance wouldn't cover a residential premises so I moved over to the show- ground and trained over there for seven years.

"(The) council asked me for input starting something at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and I'm over there now."

Mr Maloney downplays his role as mentor for the hundreds of young people who have found self- confidence and purpose in his sheds. "I guess I become their in-between person - between school and parents. I try to guide them as best I can," he said.

"Some people I trained in the early days, I've trained their grandchildren."

Arthur's wife Mary manages all registrations and launders the silks.

The couple was awarded life membership to the Far North Coast Boxing Association.



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