Organising national amateur boxing titles a real battle
WITH about 100 fighters coming from all over NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, Ballina's Denis Magnay has got a big job ahead of him in making sure the upcoming national amateur boxing championships run smoothly.
Magnay, the national and state president of the Amateur Boxing League, is chief de mission, which means he will oversee everything in the two-day competition from allocating referees and judges to each bout and finding accommodation for them to organising the medals and running a huge team of volunteer support staff.
The championships will be held at the Casino RSM Club on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 and will be open to all weight and age divisions from 14 to open, for male and female competitors.
Magnay, who has been around the boxing caper since he was a teenager, was chief de mission the last time the national championships were held on the North Coast, in 1992, at the Ballina RSL.
Magnay said he believes having the national championships in the region was a good opportunity to promote the sport that he loves and which he believes is great for fitness and self-esteem in young people.
"I've had scared little skinny guys come in here and seen them become champions. And I've had guys knocked down a couple of pegs. It's a great leveller," he said.