Shara Romer will leave for the Philippines on February 17 to start working with the 2018 Australian Commonwealth games team.The team is preparing for Gold medals and to stamp their footprints in the sand for Australian female boxing.
Romer has recently been named as Australias first ever Female to Coach Boxing at a Commonwealth games,after leading the female team at many International tournaments prior to the games.
In 2017 Shara was the Youth Commonwealth games Female coach where the Australian girls won 2 medals from 3 events (1 gold,1 bronze) ,in 2016 she was a part of the Olympic games coaching squad in Rio,2016 head coach to Australian female team in Bulgaria 2 Bronze,2 Silver and 1 Gold medal.
Read the ABC news story to find out more of the Journey
We all draw inspiration from someone,someone who is real,someone who struggles,successful people, sometimes we draw inspiration from athletes,business people,coaches and even our own family members.
There are some great Songs,Movies and documentaries all written about inspiration,others look for quotes from famous people.
This Morning I was training a School class in Brisbane. Lets just say these kids seem to love sport more than Maths and English.One of my goals when working with kids is to help them dream.Let them dream about becoming someone great.I ask them "what do you want to do with your life" in the early weeks the shyness is still there and they dont seem to let it out of the bag with the thought of sounding silly in front of their mates.Gradually I speak to them about,determination,discipline and to never take no for an answer. Over the usual 10 week period,I get them to think of a career which can be as crazy and wild as they want.
Be your own champion is my message,"get out there and chase the dream".
Kids need to dream and to be able to chase their goals. I congratulate the schools that I work with for adding some extra classes other than the traditional main stream subjects as the world takes many different types of people to go forward.
My Boxing School program is based on Respect,Discipline and a positive attitude .Positive chat between the group is the only chat allowed,negatives are left at the door.
Their boxing Homework this week - Find someone who inspires you and tell me about it next week.
The aim - to dream and achieve just like their inspiration did.
Be Your Own Champion.
Id like to share with you some inspirational videos that keep me motivated.
How many times have you booked a big holiday? You go on it, come back and suddenly its a memory with a few happy snaps on your social media. Or you start your exercise routine smashing it out 5 days a week to find yourself 3 weeks in and couldn't be bothered anymore. It's all because "Balance is Key"
The hardest thing to realize is when you've lost your balance in life!
We all live busy lifestyles from running kids to sport, work demands and the social beer amongst friends. When do you plan for your time and the balance you need to function in your life?
After a massive 2017, I realized that we need small breaks during the year ( with and without kids), exercise (at least 3 days a week), social interactions and food balance (good and bad). But most of all I needed me time. Me time was the balance I was missing.We hold such high expectations to do everything all at once when really we should keep it simple. If I give myself the me time everything else would fall into place just how the universe intended!
With school starting this year I am keen to keep the Balance is Key motto going . As parents we are so worried about our kids keeping up with all their activities that sometimes we need to account for their me time. Even within our gym the aim is to keep the kids involved but not burnt out. Too much of sport and the expectations for a kid can be damaging in so many ways. Keeping a good training balance will encourage kids to stay in the sport for longer and enjoy life at the same time. Quality over quantity!
So in all, finding the balance in life and also in your kids lives is important. Being an extremist in one direction is never going to end well. Be aware , Life balance is key, especially in this day and age.
In 2010 , Boxing Australia and the A.I.S sent 2 teams of athletes to Cuba in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth games.
On these teams were current professional stars Luke Jackson,Qamil and Ibby Balla,Luke Woods,Damien Hooper,Cameron Hammond and Zac Dunn as well as current Aussie Olympian Jason Whateley.
We were the first team to be allowed into the Senior National training base (see attached videos) and for the majority of time,Team Australia trained with the under 19 squads and also at a Gym in Guantanamo which was the home of 6 Olympic Gold medals .
What did we learn most about the Cuban style?
Every thing was about creating an Athlete with agility,balance and coordination.
The warm ups and cool downs were like dance routines,structured yet playfull,with the Instruction of coordinating the hands and feet together,during all movements.Kids were doing these moves since age 7 and 8 all the way through to the worlds best fighters like the then world number 1 Emilio Correa. See Below
We observed a skills sparring session with the worlds best boxing team and to watch how lightly and fluent they worked with each other to perfect their skills was an eye opener.They were all given specific skills to work on with only 30% power.This enabled the boxers to perfect the skills before they were put into practise at later full contact sparring sessions or competitions.
The Cuban style is definately one of the most skillfull styles to watch and from day 1 in the gym they are taught perfect execution.
It was a great learning opportunity for all the Aussie team to work alongside such great Athletes and one that Im sure everyone involved will never forget.
Victims become victims when they act like victims....what does this mean?
We all want our kids to grow up as strong resilient adults who have the confidence to stand up for themselves and treat others how they would like to be treated.However Bullying has gone to an all new low,with the use of social media and Cyber bullying in recent times which leads towards kids feeling that the attack is lasting for 24 hours at a time.
I am regularly saying to our Under 8s Boxing and self defence class, "this is the only place you use the skills that you are learning,but because of these skills you can walk around with your head held high,knowing that you understand combat,rather than being scared of it.We have many kids that join the gym from all walks of life yet for the class,they are all treated the same,if they choose not to listen theirs a consequence,if they do well they are praised.
The saying "Victims become victims when they act like victims is a terminology that I use at the boxing shop when explaining to kids about self defence and self confidence.When the bully sees a scared kid,they get bigger and bigger,when they see a confident kid they leave them alone.All kids agree with this and after boxing training they are always on cloud 9.
Boxing Classes and other self defence classes are a great way to get kids away from social media and build some self confidence.
The world is a scary place and kids need to be taught how to defend themselves from a young age,this means by learning self defence strategies before having to resort to Physical self defence.
One common misconception from some parents is that Boxing will turn kids into school yard fighters.
Not at My Gym !
Our 6 week Challenge is well under way and all our team are sticking to the plan with some already losing 3 kilos in the first week.
The training is real and everyone is putting in a great effort (I see this from the odd Insta Selfie).
The running program wasnt made to scare anyone even though every week it steps up to a new level.
Level 1 week 1 starts with 20 min walks and gradually builds up over the duration of the 6 weeks.
A common mistake that people make is by looking at the sixth week and think " I cant do that" well guess what ,if you stick to the plan and gradually improve every week,You will be achieving this.
Lets see who stuck to the Plan over the weekend!
6 weeks of commitment is all it takes to change your diet and add a 3 day per week walk/running program to you daily routine.
Well Done Team !
Footy,Netball,Soccer has come to an end for 2017,what do I do now?
The Boxing Shop trainers are experts in Cross training for many other sports.
"Every season we have Professional footballers,Olympic Swimmers amongst many other athletes ,joining us to learn boxing skills and to continue training in a different environment" said head coach Gareth Williams, " We work them hard and they all love it,in the past we ve had the Hockeyroos,Broncos,Swimmers and many other sides that come to the Gym in the off season".
Off season Boxing Classes are a great way of keeping fit during the off season.
Under 17s classes on Tuesday and Thursday at 4.30pm and 17+ Classes from 5.45pm Mon-Thursday as well as Saturday Mornings at 8am are all very popular.
Register here http://www.theboxingshop.com.au/
The Youth – Stronger - Fitter – Faster program is an inclusive strength program targeted at teenagers who want to get stronger, fitter, and faster. This program will:
We ensure the body is capable of progressing and joints and ligaments can withstand progressing further into strength and conditioning work. We will ensure you get the best support for overall development before progressing to more advanced skillsets within the gym; this ensures appropriate development for their sport.
If you’re a young athlete then this program will improve your speed off the mark quickness, agility, change of direction, top end speed, jump height, muscular and aerobic endurance, and general strength. You will become a better athlete overall.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I heard lifting is bad for kids. Doesn't it stunt their growth?
There isn't any evidence (research based or anecdotal) to show that this is the case; children have issues with the growth plate when inappropriate loads or used or poor technique is used. This comes into play specifically with one repetition maximum lifts at a young age. These are only performed after they are competent to lift. If you can provide appropriate technique and gradual progressions then the potential that can grow is incredible.
Won't it be too demanding on my child to train like an athlete?
Not at all. A combination of low intensity and high intensity stimulating programs helps the child to fully develop. Higher intensity exercise (including strength training) stimulates cartilage growth, but too much can cause bone growth issues. We balance this for children and ensure they enjoy the time they have in the program but not overload them. It will also help social skills to be brought up in junior programs, meeting new friends and enjoying the session. At a more elite level (Stage 3) the intensity changes and we tailor the program more for their specific weaknesses.
How early is too early to start weight training?
The younger a child can start moving in a fun environment, the better. Our strength programs run from thirteen years old. The more a child can move and learn to move in critical periods of development the better they will be for it. It helps the tendons and ligaments get stronger, it helps cartilage growth, general strength and overall maturation of the child. Strength training is a specific type of training the enhances the child’s athletic potential.
What is athletic potential?
The future ability of a child in athletic form; this means if a child wants to play rugby league, undertaking strength training will enhance their tendon, and ligament strength, along with many other physiological and biomechanical characteristics that will improve their ability to play rugby league. The same goes for rowing or netball or any other sport you can think of.
When: School term 4 ,2017
Tuesday and Thursday 5.15pm-6pm
October 3 – December 7
How Much:10 week program - $400
The Boxing Shop
N36 Recreation rd
1300 66 00 17
Papua New Guinea Touch football star Ryan Endehipa and stable mate Tom Leckie have been selected for the City v Country Boxing tournament in Toowoomba this weekend as a support bout on Michael Katsidis v Josh King card,hosted by Smithy's & TGW promotions.
Endehipa was selected for his country of birth in the Touch Football World Cup in 2015 where PNG came away with a bronze medal,on Saturday night he expects nothing less than Gold "I am back down to my usual fighting weight of 69kg after my last fight was at 75,I feel so much better now and my movements around the ring are much better" said Endehipa "I cant wait to get in their on Saturday and work hard to get the win".
Tom Leckie has had 2 fights and is a good hard working kid,at 18 years old he has already stepped up in age to box against older men but has come out on top."Tom is an apprentice builder who works hard and trains hard,he is very dedicated and will do himself proud this weekend" said coach Gareth Williams.
We wish both boys the very best of luck and are proud of the hard work and effort that they put in.
This is a special event and the boys will be aiming to help the team win the Annual Brayd Smith City v Country Cup.
Queensland Champion Jack Bowen and former world Champion Clay Waterman will once again share the squared ring at Acacia ridge hotel in the Queensland state championships semi final tomorrow.
Bowen is the reigning champ at 81 kg and is coming off a win over Waterman in their last outing but knows that Clay is one of the very best 81kg boxers in the country and the winner will move on to the Australian championships which is a selection trial for the 2017 world championships.
" Fighting or sparring Clay is never easy,its always the one where you have to be 100% switched on and you can never have an off day,training has been going well and Ive had 2 fights already this year so hopefully I should be able to put in a good performance and walk away with a win" said Bowen.
The other 81kg semi final is between Sean Bloor and Adam Copland which is another exciting fight for the boxing fans.
The fights start at the Acacia ridge hotel from 2pm on Sunday