Scott Gibbons holds the pads for his son Oliver at the Victory Boxing Club on Friday night, when the club held its first “father/son” evening. Photo: Evan Barnes/

Boxing club hosts father/son night


Around 30 fathers, sons, Makos and familar faces from last year’s Fight 4 Victory fundraiser, worked up a sweat together at the Victory Boxing Club’s first father/son event on Friday night.

Boxing club programme director Paul Hampton is hoping the event will become a regular on the club’s ever-expanding events calendar. It gives families a chance to work out together in a fun but structured environment.

Kids as young as five through to grandfathers in their 60s took part and half a dozen members of the Tasman Makos were on hand to help the youngesters as well. Paul says the club has experienced massive growth since it moved into its new premises ten months ago and the father/son event is just another string to its bow. “It wasn’t just dads and their kids, there were uncles and grandfathers. It’s really good to get the younger guys training with older guys in their family. We’re hoping to do it every four months or so.”

Michael Johnstone was there with his two boys, who are regulars at the gym, but he says it was his first time. “They love it and it’s been great to come across and do it with them. I’ve enjoyed it.”

The evening was finished off with a barbeque and the following day a “girls only” session was hosted at the gym by  champion boxer Dawn Chalmers.