Punching for a shared future

Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club held a special treat for its members when they had boxing legends, Davie Larmour who was the British Bantamweight Champion, Eamon McAuley who fought in the British Amateur Boxing Association and also the nephew of the famous and late Rinty Monaghan who was the undisputed and undefeated World Flyweight Champion and also Newtownabbey's very own Neil Sinclair and his Lonsdale belt for the British Welterweight Championship pictured with Taylor Finney and Jade Adams. INNT 09-004-FP
Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club held a special treat for its members when they had boxing legends, Davie Larmour who was the British Bantamweight Champion, Eamon McAuley who fought in the British Amateur Boxing Association and also the nephew of the famous and late Rinty Monaghan who was the undisputed and undefeated World Flyweight Champion and also Newtownabbey's very own Neil Sinclair and his Lonsdale belt for the British Welterweight Championship pictured with Taylor Finney and Jade Adams. INNT 09-004-FP

BOXING heroes provided young people from Monkstown Boxing Club with the inspiration to use sport to KO sectarianism and racism in their community.

The young people took part in the SportsJam project, an innovative initiative working with sports clubs across Newtownabbey which aims to encourage better community relations and promotes sport as a catalyst for positive change and building better relationships.

Robbie Gould and Curtis McDowell of Monkstown Armature Boxing Club with the statue of the late Rinty Monaghan who was the undisputed and undefeated World Flyweight Champion. INNT 09-006-FP

Robbie Gould and Curtis McDowell of Monkstown Armature Boxing Club with the statue of the late Rinty Monaghan who was the undisputed and undefeated World Flyweight Champion. INNT 09-006-FP

Legends Davy Larmour, Eamonn McAuley and Newtownabbey’s own Neil Sinclair all spoke of the contribution that boxing had made to their lives.

Paul Johnston from Monkstown Boxing Club said: “It was great to see the young people respond to what their heroes had to say.

“Week in, week out we see the difference boxing makes to the young people who use this club and through SportsJam we are giving young people the skills to make a real difference in their local communities, addressing sectarianism and racism.”

As part of the programme the young people from Monkstown have been participating in regular training sessions being provided by experienced local coaches.

They have also taken part in a residential where they have had the opportunity to explore the impact of negative attitudes and to develop relationships with other young boxers from different community backgrounds.

Former professional boxer, Commonwealth gold medal winner and Monkstown Boxing Club legend Neil Sinclair added: “Boxing gave me opportunities that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. It gave me discipline and an understanding of how to look after my mind and body.

“It helped me to see the world and I have many wonderful memories.

“It is wonderful to see so many young people here and I know they will benefit from the programme and the difference boxing can make in their lives.”