Youngberry enters the ring to raise money for sick kids

Weather presenter Garry Youngberry trains with Ty Gilchrist from Bribie Island Boxing Club. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Weather presenter Garry Youngberry trains with Ty Gilchrist from Bribie Island Boxing Club. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

GARRY Youngberry is not a natural boxer but is putting in the effort for charity to punch above his ability.

The Nine Queensland's weekday news weather presenter started out just wanting to get fit but when asked to get in the ring for the children's hospital he couldn't say no.

Youngberry, 47, has been training for 18 months, losing 14kg.

The Banksia Beach resident has been trained by Ty Gilchrist at the Bribie Island Boxing Club and said Gilchrist was his motivation.

"Ty is responsible for my confidence and getting me into shape, showing me that anything is possible," he said.

Youngberry has made it a lifestyle change, training at the club with his two children joining him in classes.

"I get so much more done in the day. I feel better and more lively, not just physically but mentally as well," he said.

He said he would not have said yes to the fight without the charity element but said Gilchrist still wanted him to win.

"It was about fitness firstly, then just realising how fit you have to be, and on top of that getting hit by someone else," he said.

Gilchrist said Youngberry was not a boxer but was learning.

"I am teaching him technique and the fundamentals, so it is only a matter of time before he shapes into one," he said.

Gilchrist said he loved passing on his passion and motivating people to gain confidence and fitness.

"I know how big of a deal it is to get in the ring," he said.

Youngberry will hand a $5000 cheque to the hospital on Saturday night. He will then represent Bribie Island Boxing Club on November 13 at Jupiters Casino for the Fight Like a Pro Night.

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