boxers raring to go - 23rd October 2007
The Fiji Times)
A TEAM of 10 indigenous Australian boxers arrived
in Suva to participate in two tournament match
ups this week with local boxers from Boxing Fiji.
The boxers are from different
part of Australia and the team is led by manager
Syl John and coach Neville Munn.
Also accompanying the team is
Michael Connolly as a cultural ambassador.
Australia High Commissioner James
Batley said, "the high commission is delighted
to help sponsor this visit to promote sporting
links between Australia and Fiji, in particular
involving indigenous Australian sportsmen.
Batley said Aboriginal boxers
held an outstanding place in the history of the
sport in Australia, with legends such as Lionel
Rose, Tony Mudine and now Anthony Mudine being
household names in Australia.
Apart from the boxing matches,
the visiting team members will take time out to
learn more about Fiji and its people and the blend
of different cultures that exist here.
They will also be liaising with
Rotary to distribute books and other items to
Representing different weight
divisions, the boxers will compete at the Lower
Civic Auditorium tonight and again on Thursday
against a team of young boxers from Fiji. Also
part of the Australian team is former Fiji boxing
official and match referee, Seru Whippy who now
lives in Brisbane.
Australian Boxing Team