TV 1 NEWS 22nd October 2018
The Taumarunui Silverback Boxing Academy (TSBA) has been running in Taumarunui since November 2015. In February 2016 that we needed to look for a venue to cater for more numbers. Our home base is the Taumarunui Youth and Community Trust Centre.
Boxing for our kids is the draw card to pull them in, it’s not about the fighting, it’s about respect, learning to work together and looking after each other. At the TSBA we work on attitudes and values and we also want to work with our at risk youth in the community to help make our community a positive place. Rather than ostracising them we are getting them involved they are associating with a group of like minded kids. We want them to get involved and pull others into our club.
The club’s aim is to foster Taumarunui boxing stars in the making; we have so much raw talent and natural ability in our community, this is a great way to support our local kids.
TAUMARUNUI BULLETIN 12th July 2019
CHARLIE SELECTED AS NATIONAL COACH
Head coach at the Taumarunui Silverback Boxing Academy in Taumarunui Vitale (Charlie) Perez recently found out he will be one of the three coaches of the boxers representing New Zealand at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament in Thailand.
Ten Kiwi boxers will compete at the seventh Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament to be held in Bangkok 20-27 July 2019. Taumarunui's Vitale (Charlie) Perez will be supporting the 10 boxers and was selected from 16 coaches to be an assistant coach for the New Zealand Team. This is a huge honor to be selected especially because coaching at a National level is a goal Charlie set for himself and one which he has worked hard to achieve. “This could not have been possible if it wasn't for the support from the Taumarunui Silverback Boxing Academy Team, everyone has been part of making this happen and I can't thank them enough".
“Charlie’s dedication to boxing and the Taumarunui Silverback Boxing Academy has seen hundreds of locals being trained by Charlie, as well as other coaches being mentored and up skilled by him too. He has done this now for 5 years, at least 4 nights a week, and he does this in his ‘spare’ time as a volunteer. So Charlie being recognised at a National level is great recognition for his commitment and hard work over the years,” commented TYCT chairperson, Kyra Leatuafi.
The Thailand International tournament is a further step in selecting and preparing the New Zealand representatives, to box at the World Men and Women’s World Championships in Russia later this year and the Olympic qualifying tournament during early 2020.
The New Zealand contingent will be split between two teams, with New Zealand boxers joining four Australian boxers in a combined “Southern Cross” side.
Thailand tournament organisers requested an Oceania team to box at the event. However, the Pacific Games are being held at the same time, with all other Oceania Federation boxers taking part in the Pacific Games boxing tournament, with the “Southern Cross” team representing the Oceania region.
The tournament is one of the strongest Asian international events attracting the world’s top boxing nations with Cuba, Russia, China, India, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Iran, PDR Korea, Japan, Philippines, and Australia participating in recent years.
“I'm looking forward to this experience and helping the New Zealand boxers perform on the world stage.”
"I thought, what have I got to lose I will just put my name forward. Knowing there were many coaches throughout New Zealand who had put their names forward I was unsure I would be selected,” Perez said. "It is a dream come true."
Perez has traveled to a couple of competitions in Australia but this will have to be the pinnacle for sure.