When Fairfield-Cabramatta PCYC boxing coach Lomalito Moala talks about how dedication and commitment can lead to success – he speaks from experience.
When Lomu arrived in Cabramatta from New Zealand he spent hours training at the PCYC with dad Alani.
The hard work paid off with state, national and international success capped off with a bronze medal representing Tonga at the 2010 Commonwealth games at New Dehli.
The success has transferred into the coaching ranks. After taking over the reigns of the boxing program from his dad a year ago, the numbers have grown from 10 students a night, to more than 50.
“I just wanted to give back. I was training some of the boys on the side and I thought I would give it a crack,” he said.
Boxing training is not just about how you act in the ring but about life.LOMALITO MOALA
“We have some really good kids coming through at the gym and the standard that we train and the focus is about getting onto that world stage.”
Lomu’s crop of rising stars is starting to rise.
NSW State titles winner Malcolm Matthes has just returned from the Youth Olympics in Argentina.
Fairvale High School student Mark Nguyen, 15, is eyeing national success after a breakout year which included a state title and Jake Ida is another local who won Gold in this year’s Golden Gloves in Queensland.
“Boxing training is not just about how you act in the ring but about life. It’s about having that discipline, setting goals and working hard,” Moala said.
“We have lots of success with kids outside the ring and using boxing as a tool to focus on whatever their goal is and succeeding using the hard work from boxing.”
The popularity of the boxing program has seen extra classes added to cater for the demand. The club is also holding a fight night on November 2 to raise funds.
Boxing classes are now available:
- Monday and Friday: 4.30 to 5.30pm. Boxing for beginners, all ages.
- Tuesday and Thursday: 4.30 to 5.30pm. Joey Junior Boxing 4 to 10 years old.
- Wednesday: 4.30 to 5.30pm. Boxing for beginners (ladies only).
- Monday to Friday: 6pm-7pm: Regular boxing classes.
- Mon, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7 to 8pm. Advanced Boxing.
- Cabramatta Fight Night, November 2, Club Marconi, 6pm. Tickets are available from PCYC Fairfield Cabramatta or at the door. Adults: $45. Under-16: $20.
- Details: pcycnsw.org.au/fairfield-cabramatta.