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Cameron Whyte of Lochaber Phoenix Boxing got his gloves around a £500 donation from Billy Lauder of Billy’s Window Cleaning Services recently to help fund his participation in coaching events across Scotland.
Every boxer in the club gets the chance to travel to organised training sessions, visit other clubs and participate in national competitions, with all expenses met by the club so that no-one is disadvantaged due to a lack of finance.
While members also actively participate in fund-raising events, donations like Billy’s are very much welcomed to ensure these trips can continue.
Coach Vince Lopez said: ‘We have quite a large squad of male and females, aged from 9 years to adults, of tremendous talent and ability. While we all work very hard in our home gym, a great way to hone and develop them further is build experience with other boxers.
‘Last Sunday, a group of around 15 of us travelled to Blantyre for training and sparring with Priestfield gym and O’Neills Boxing Club.
‘Everyone really enjoyed it and learned a lot but it cost quite a bit, even getting there and back. Everyone in the club is a volunteer and no-one gets paid for what they do, so we really appreciate help with unavoidable expenses.’
Preparations are under way for the Scottish Elite Championships in the next few weeks and for the next home show in the Nevis Centre on Saturday May 16.
This not only showcases Lochaber talent against strong opponents from other areas, but helps raise money to keep the club going.
As an example of what can be achieved by youngsters given the right training and support, 17-year-old Whyte, from Spean Bridge, already has many titles under his belt including North of Scotland Champion, Scottish Novice Champion, Scottish Intermediate Champion, six times Scottish Open Champion, GB Champion, European Silver Medallist and only beaten once in any championship in Britain. That was by the European Champion in the GB finals.
To sponsor a boxer or find out more on club activities please go to the Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club Facebook page. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
Cameron Whyte receives the sponsorship cheque from Billy Lauder. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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