Coach steps back in to set example for his club
BOXING: The Northern Beaches Boxing Club (NBBC) hosted the Battle in the Beaches five event at the weekend.
Boxers from around the state took part in the event with talented athletes of all ages stepping into the ring.
NBBC coach Rhys O'Malley made his return to the ring after a six year break from competition.
"I was the fourth fight of the night, so I was still able to help out around the event after my bout,” he said.
"Getting back in for the first time in six years was a challenge.
"My fitness was not where I expected it to be, it was great fun and I enjoyed it.”
Despite the NBBC not securing any wins on the night O'Malley said he was proud of all the athletes.
"Everyone fought well on the night and walked away with their heads held high.
"There were a couple decisions that we thought we took, but oh well that is the fight game.”
O'Malley said that he was happy to see great sportsmanship from his fighters at the event.
"One of my juniors Riley Whitestyles fought and lost his fight,” he said.
"However, he still walked over held the ropes for his opponent and showed great respect.
"That is the most important thing for me if a boxer competes, shows great character that's a successful night for me.”
The NBBC will finish their year with two more events in November before a break heading into the next year's season.