Fighting to support Raiders community
BOXING instructor and trainer Nick Midgley holds the bags in his Casuarina-based Kingscliff Boxing Stables, as two gifted fighters take turns crunching in.
Cutting impressive physiques, Blessing Te’o and Josh Frederiksen shift their weight effortlessly from side to side as relentless jabs and hooks sting the bag and defence turns to attack within a split second.
The two are on the verge of going professional, but will take part in a fundraiser organised by Midgley at Kirra Sports Club on March 12, to raise money for reborn NRRRL club, the Tweed Coast Raiders.
Midgley will take Te’o, Frederiksen, and a host of other fighters to the fundraiser night which will feature a packed card of Australian Boxing League (ABL) registered fighters from across the country.
“At this stage there’ll be 40 fights and we’ve got 17 fighters (competing),” Midgley said.
The Raiders have rejoined the league for the first time since 2011 and need financial support to ensure they remain in the league long-term.
“A lot of the boys that train with us play for the Raiders and one of our major sponsors plays for them and was asking for help, so we thought we’d do a fight night to help get them back on board,” Midgley said.
The Kingscliff Boxing Stables, which opened at Casuarina 15 months ago after Midgley started the journey in his Kingscliff garage two years ago, is no stranger to charity.
This year alone Midgley’s stables has donated $35,000 to local business and community groups to “give a bit back”.
A big focus is on youth in the area, with the stables offering a place for young people to train and develop in and out of the ring.
“We do a lot of volunteer work for the Cabarita Youth Club and train all the kids for free and with fundraisers, have donated $7000 to the club over the last year,” Midgley said.
“We try to keep kids focussed and off drugs and kids in this generation can lack work ethic and accountability so we’re trying to teach them real life skills.”
Midgley said part of that development was getting kids who were developed in the ring to locations across the country for fights.
He was calling on the community and sponsors to get involved to support the fight night and the club ongoing, to ensure it can continue to train youth and secure its ongoing future.
“Predominantly we train teenagers and we want to give all those kids the best opportunities that we can within our sanctioning committee,” Midgley said.
“I’m trying to get a bit of help to get some sponsorship to help the kids out with airfares”
The Kingscliff Boxing Stables is open Monday to Friday with casual sparring sessions on Saturday’s.
It offers box-fit and a range of activities including skipping, shadow boxing, sparring and general fitness work and is open to everyone.
Tickets for the Raiders fundraiser will be available at the door, or visit Kingscliff Boxing Stables on Facebook.