WITH a big fight night on the way, the Cape York Boxing Club has benefited from a major grant to purchase new equipment to support their expansion in Weipa.
The club recently received a $21,240 grant from Queensland Country Bank under its Good for Good program to help pay for the goods.
Founder Scott Wallace said the club started out in a makeshift shelter and had been running for five years.
The club has since moved into a permanent base at the old squash courts and is looking to expand its offering to cater to the wider Weipa and Napranum communities.
Mr Wallace said the grant would in part help provide weightlifting equipment so that the gym could offer facilities to its current members, as well as attract newcomers.
He thanked Queensland Country Bank for its assistance.
“We have always been open to anyone in the community who wanted to learn or train in boxing, but now we will also be able to offer general fitness equipment and training,” he said.
“Our motto has always been that nobody should miss out on coaching and fitness, and thanks to the Queensland Country Bank’s Good for Good grant, we will hopefully be able to grow even bigger and welcome more new members.”
Weipa Queensland Country Bank branch manager Luke O’Day said the club’s presence in the community and the service it provided was priceless.
“We understand how important it is to have facilities like this in Weipa,” he said.
“The fitness services and the coaching and mentoring that Scott and Kristine provide are so important for the community.
“As a member-owned bank, we are able to reinvest our profits back into the local community that supports us.
“This means we can not only maintain a branch presence in regional communities like Weipa, but we can also support deserving community groups through sponsorships and grants.”
Cape York Boxing Club’s big fight night will be held in Weipa on Saturday, July 22.