Port Augusta Boxing returns to the old Town Hall

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Brandon Chapman, Steve Grantham, Tyler Bavington and Luke Girdler stand proudly in their newly renovated home at the old Town Hall.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Brandon Chapman, Steve Grantham, Tyler Bavington and Luke Girdler stand proudly in their newly renovated home at the old Town Hall.

After being turfed out of the Town Hall three years ago, the Port Augusta Boxing Club has returned in spectacular fashion.

A brand new fit out brings their nomadic lifestyle to a close as they take root in the heart of the CBD.

The community-run not-for-profit organisation was located at the Port Augusta Town Hall for more than 25 years.

A decision by the state government rendered them homeless and without a permanent place to call home, membership numbers have suffered.

Port Augusta Boxing club President Steve Grantham is keen to see the organisation return to its former glory.

“Everyone is saying it feels like we are home again. Its bloody good,” Steve said.

“We have had some really, really good boxers come out of Port Augusta. Even in the last 20 years, we have had great boxers come from this club.”

Steve and his crew have worked tirelessly over the past few months to bring the training area up to scratch.

Separated into two areas, the space boasts plenty of boxing bags, gym equipment and of course the all important ring.

“I was spending all of my days off in here and we had a lot of other people from the club who were doing pretty much the same,” Steve said.

“We have got a lot of people here who have worked hard to get this off the ground. They all love this sport and I know the future is with them –  they will drive it forward.”

The club serves as a community hang-out and old boxers often stop by to reminisce about their glory days.

Although Steve would love to see the club produce a champion boxer, it’s about more than that for him.

“The very first thing I’ll say to people when they call is that 99 per cent of the people who train at the club do not spar, they do not compete in boxing they are there for fitness.

The are there to reach their personal goals,” Steve said.

“You almost hear a sigh of relief that they don’t have to come down here and get in the ring and spar with somebody.

“People know they can come in here with no judgement and just enjoy their training.”