BOXING: Spiders Boxing Club learnt a valuable lesson at this year's Golden Gloves - sometimes you've got to look to your youth for leadership.
Spiders sent a contingency of eight competitors to the nation-wide competition and came back with six finalists but it was youngest boxer Maverick "Mav Man” Granger who won the only Golden Glove.
Coach Luke Sheehan said the 12-year-old is now affectionately known as "Golden Boy” around the gym.
"Out of everyone, I really wanted (Mav) to get it,” Sheehan said.
"He's such a charismatic kid and it meant a lot to him - he carried the team.
"I remember the first day he walked in he said to me, 'I want to fight.' I just smiled and looked down at him and said, 'How about we teach you to box first?'
"Most kids get nervous before their first fight but he couldn't wait.”
Spiders had five boxers come home with silver gloves - Halen Burnham, Tristan Neal, Connor Dipplesmann, Harry Price and Namila Davui, while Tianah Potter missed out because there were no other competitors in her bracket.
Sheehan has three Australian boxing champions under his wing but said results meant nothing.
"They all made it to the finals - I'm not disappointed, because the winning is done outside the ring,” he said.
"People have this perception that boxing is a lonely sport but watching these guys push each other and stand by each other when someone falls behind, that's where the winning is done. "They all have backgrounds where they had to overcome things and that's something they can relate to and bond over.”
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