Johnny Roberts, left, with David Altamura, centre, and James Reeve
Johnny Roberts, left, with David Altamura, centre, and James Reeve

Boxing champ spars again



A nursing home is not usually the place you would expect to find people boxing. But three Byron Bay locals have managed to coax a former boxing champion out of retirement and help to add some unusual colour and fun to the lives of residents at the Pinehaven Nursing Home at Suffolk Park.

Johnny Roberts, 65, a resident at Pinehaven, retired from professional boxing more than 40 years ago. But, he has never given up his love of the sport.

Local GP, Dr Jill Pryor, realised that boxing could provide the perfect workout for Johnny so she approached local businesses, Fit Sportspower and Spirit Health and Fitness to help.

Both businesses were more than happy to lend a hand, and Fit Sportspower provided the speed ball kit and platform while Spirit Health and Fitness pledged a number of weekly one-on-one training sessions.

"The improvement in Johnny's health and outlook has been fantastic and we've now seen a number of the staff and residents at Pinehaven also getting involved," Dr Pryor said.

"Maintaining fitness throughout your life is so important, and what Johnny already knew was the physical and psychological benefits of training on boxing equipment." Keep up the good work Johnny!


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