It is my absolute pleasure and a great honour to be sharing this blog with you. As you know from my previous blog ‘Out of the dark and into the light’, I came across Peak 1 Boxing Club in early December last year. I was in need of taking my mental fitness recovery to another level and I certainly needed to get my physical fitness back on track after going through a exercise hiatus and putting on a fair bit of lard.
The moment I walked in to the club I knew I’d found the right place and I was instantly excited. I met one of the owners/coaches Claire who made me feel very welcome. Learning that the club was owned and run by a veteran and a former first responder couple I knew this would be a safe place to train, a place where I could find a sense of purpose and belonging again.
Over the past couple of months I’ve been training at the club on average 2 to 3 times a week, I signed up for an ongoing discounted membership offered for veterans and first responders. The membership packages at the club in my view offer real value for money training, far greater than those offered by the various gym franchises and personal trainers.
My fitness level has improved dramatically and my mental resilience has increased exponentially. I have to add, the club isn’t just somewhere to train and get fit; it’s also a safe place for people to open up.
After the morning training sessions, normally ‘boxing training’, battle bags’ or ‘military boot camp’ Mick and Claire provide a mug coffee or a tea and a friendly place to sit and chat, where members get to know each other, share stories and experiences. Again, this is something you rarely get from gym communities.
It’s clear that the club, whose coaches are all either veterans or first responders, have extended their former career families into the gym community. That being said, people of all ages and walks of life are warmly welcomed, this isn’t an exclusive club, it’s an inclusive club where members leave ego’s at the door.
PEAK 1 Boxing Club was founded by ex 9 Parachute Squadron RE Mick Hale and his wife Claire a former Police Officer.
PEAK 1’s Head Coach, Mick, boxed for the British Army as a boy soldier out of Chepstow and for 9 SQN. After completing his Army Physical Training Instructor (PTI) course he also coached the squadron team and individuals competing in the British Army Boxing Championships. Later training as a civilian Personal Trainer and now a Level 1 Boxing Coach with Boxing Australia.
Claire, a Boxer, Level 1 Boxing Coach and Personal Trainer, has a policing background of 15 years spanning across Thames Valley Police, Metropolitan Police and Western Australia Police. With the highlight of her career serving in the Metropolitan Police - Tactical Firearms Response Unit, SO19.
Soon after migrating to Australia in 2006, they moved North to the Pilbara for a residential role for Mick, now a Emergency Services Officer (Medic/Fire) with Rio Tinto. The Community soon discovered their passion for Boxing and a small store room in the centre of Wickham became a Boxing Club, PEAK 1 was born.
Run as a not-for-profit Boxing Club, the volunteers provided boxing coaching, fitness and competitive pathways for the local community. As one of the smallest clubs in WA, they delivered some outstanding results with 6 x State Boxing Titles, 2 x World Masters Titles and 1 x Australian Youth Champion. With 2 of their Amateur Boxers going on to turn Professional.
Now located in Butler in the northern suburbs of Perth, they have proudly opened a premium training facility spanning 200sqm with a full-size ring.
The club mantras ‘PURSUE EXCELLENCE AND KNOWLEDGE’ and ‘TRAIN HARD, FIGHT EASY’ adorn the walls in giant letters along with flags, huge boxing pictures and a good news wall dedicated to the club members.
Mick & Claire know all too well that it isn’t easy to transition out of the services into civvie street and it makes perfect sense that their vision has now evolved to include providing meaningful opportunities for veterans and ex-emergency services personnel to both train and coach at PEAK 1 Boxing Club.
Everyone is made to feel welcome whether civilian, ex-services or serving personnel and all are encouraged to reach their full potential.
With an obvious military style to their training, the core values of respect for yourself and others, discipline and hard work begins at the Junior Boxers and runs through all training sessions.
PEAK 1 Boxing Club are an Amateur Boxing Club registered with Boxing WA and Boxing Australia.
All classes are mixed ability, catering for both beginners to elite alike, with experienced coaches ensuring everyone is working on the basics, correct boxing technique, whilst training to improve fitness and skills.
So why don’t you pop down and join in
PEAK 1 Boxing Club
Address 11/2 Amesbury Loop Butler WA 6036
Telephone (08) 9563 1735
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