About

Welcome to the Yungaburra Boxing Gym

Your local gym run by Volunteers providing a service to our community. Old school training by old school Trainers. Our gym is very family friendly. Come for fun, fitness, self defence or choose to box competitively as an amateur or professional boxer. A crèche area is available upon request. We don’t train thugs.

Trainers

Ashley Cupitt
Ashley Cupitt is the gym’s Head Trainer.
Donella Sutton
Donella Sutton is the gym’s Bootcamp Trainer.

 

 

 

 

 

All our Trainers are volunteers, have Blue Cards and Boxing Trainer qualifications. There are plenty of people on site with First Aid (some of our gym members are Emergency Services personnel).

Ashley
Born into a boxing family, Ashley has harboured a passion for the sport his whole life and discovered his true calling in coaching and mentoring. Ashley has been voluntarily coaching and mentoring Atherton Tablelands’ Boxers since 1980, teaching hundreds of locals how to box. He is keen to address juvenile crime in the region, Ashley uses the club to mentor troubled youths in the community, helping them channel their energy into sport.

A truly excellent coach, Ashley has taken several club members to glory at State, National and even World Competitions. He instructs people of all ages, abilities and disabilities, running regular classes that harness boxing to keep healthy and fit. We also have plenty of people that learn boxing just for fun, fitness or self defence.

Ashley is registered and qualified to teach both Amateur and Professional Boxing. A true heavyweight in local spirit, Ashley is a key part of both the history and future of the Yungaburra Boxing Gym.

Bootcamp
Donella is a fantastic trainer and will get your heart pumping with the proper version of Bootcamp, that has boxing mixed in with the military, which will leave you sweating profusely.

Donella is the Queen of Bootcamp, with the slogan of “Suck it up Princess!”. If you want to reach your goal and are committed, Donella will help you achieve your personal ambition. She has been trained by Ashley since the year 2009 and has done the hard journey to fitness herself, so is approachable and understanding.

Our gym goers comment that it’s not intimidating, with a good hard workout.

Boxing
Keen to address juvenile crime in the region, Ashley uses the club to mentor troubled youths in the community, helping them channel their energy into sport.

Some of Ashley’s Boxers have gone on to work at: Acting; Administration; Agriculture; Australian Defence Force (Army, Navy, Airforce); Banks; Farmer; Fire Brigade; Fitness Trainer; Hairdresser; Hospitality & 5* Hotels in England and Europe; Life Be In It; Medical Field; Mines; Model; Muai Thai/Kickboxer; Photographer; Public Service; Trades – Boilermaker, Bricklayer, Butcher, Concreter, Electrician, Plumber, Shed Construction; Sales & Marketing; Singer; University of Oxford, England.

Ashley has run training sessions at Atherton and Malanda High Schools. Some other schools, including: Mount St Bernard’s, Ravenshoe and School for Field Studies have brought bus loads down for training sessions.

Amateur Boxing
with Sunstate Amateur Boxing League Inc (SABLI). Ages 10-40yo females and males.
You need to register with SABLI and pay them a yearly fee, Ashley sends off your forms, photo, photocopy of birth certificate/driver’s licence and fee. SABLI sends back a Boxer’s Medical Book, you then need to go to your GP/Doctor and they will give you a medical and complete the book. Medicals with your GP are to be done every year. Girls and women (regardless of age) must do a pregnancy test before each tournament.

Masters is with Australian Masters Games. Ages 36yo+ females and males. You will need to register with Boxing Australia and Australian Masters Games and pay them fees. All participants are required to have: Current Medical from GP; Clear serology results, no longer than six months old at the dates of competition; Blue Book (medical book).

Professional Boxing
with Australian National Boxing Federation. Ages 18yo+ females and males.
Women must do a pregnancy test before each tournament.

Tournaments
Everyone is welcome to attend boxing tournaments to watch. At amateur tournaments there are whole families and people with prams. There is usually some food on sale.
At the Yungaburra Boxing Gym, we like to have our competition boxers do 3 months of training before stepping into the ring for sparring; and 1 year of training before competing at a tournament. This does vary person to person. Decisions are made by Ashley, our Head Trainer.

Cost
No membership, no joining fees, no lock in contract. No equipment hire fees. We try to keep class prices as low as possible and cover our insurance, rent, equipment and club registration fees.
Hand wraps, singlets, etc are optional to purchase.

There is an option to buy a Pre-Paid Class Card, which allows you to purchase 10 Classes in advance! This is an excellent choice for those who struggle to find cash money for each class; or those who prefer to have the classes all paid in one go for ease of use; or to make yourself a fitness commitment. It’s easy to use, buy one off Donella or Ashley and then just present it at the beginning of each class you attend to get it hole punched /ticked off.

Sponsor a Boxer and Sponsor your Gym
Businesses and individuals may purchase class cards or packages to support a Boxer in need of financial help. Or you can help the gym provide this service to our Community through Donations, paying for Rent, Insurance, Equipment or Volunteering. We will put pictures up on Facebook, our website and send it into the Newspapers. For sizeable donations & repeat support, you will go on the Sponsor Board at the Gym. Or you may remain anonymous if you prefer.

History
2011   Donella started Bootcamp classes
2003   Reopened by the request of the Mayor and Police in the Memorial Hall, Yungaburra
2000-2002 Trained his children Gordon and Raymond, along with some of their friends.
1995-1999 moved to Yungaburra Scout Hall
1994   moved to Yungaburra State School
1990-1995 Ashley volunteered and ran Lotus Glenn Correctional Centre Boxing Club
1985-1993 Atherton Boxing Club
1980   Ashley started Coaching in his Dad’s (Brahma’s) shed

Some tips on finding the right gym.
* Look around and find a qualified Boxing Trainer.

*Ask questions – has the gym had any boxers who have fought in the ring?

* Is it a Professional or Amateur Boxing gym? – (Professional being the ones who get paid to box and Amateur being the ones that don’t get paid.)

* You can assess the quality of the gym and Trainer by the qualities of the fighters – e.g. Have they won fights and titles (Medals, Trophies and Belts). Normally these things are displayed on the walls of the gym with posters, newspaper clippings, photos, etc.

* Another thing to look for – is punching bags, speed balls, floor to ceiling balls, mirror (for shadow boxing), ring for sparring.

* Arrogance of fighters – assess whether you like their attitudes, as quite often, it will become yours if you decide to train with them.

* It pays to look around at different gyms via online, visiting and word of mouth.

* Are new people thrown into the ring first night with experienced people? This is a BIG no-no. How can a trainer expect an inexperienced person with no knowledge, fight their prize fighter? A new person would need at least 3 months of training before considering entering sparring. At least 1 year of training before their first competition fight. Mouthguards are a must.

* Remember if this is the first time you’ve visited a gym (or the first time in a long time), you will find that your muscles hurt. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for your muscles to get used to this increased movement, in which time you should keep going to the gym or doing exercise. We also recommend regular massages.

Ashley Cupitt – 0488 523 648
Memorial Hall, next to Rec Shed and Tennis Courts, 7 Barrine Road, Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia.

 

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