• A Husband and a Father
• Head Coach of the Giants
• Director of Solid Strength and Conditioning
• Worked in injury rehabilitation and trained
athletes to international representative
levels over the past 16years.
• Diploma In Exercise Science and Lectured at
the Wellington Institute of Technology.
• Level 2 National Boxing Coach
• New Zealand Representative and Past Light
• White Ribbon Ambassador
• REPS registered trainer.
The Hawke’s Bay Youth Trust (HBYT) is a
charitable trust set up to support the Hastings
community, to help our village bring up our
Current Trustees are:
• Quentin Varcoe (Chairman)
• Rex Graham
• Peter Hensman.
We are growing
youth to be the
solution, not the
we can lift their
We will motivate
others to a life of
Young people and
their Whanau living
lives they value
HASTINGS BOXING ACADEMY
The Hastings Boxing Academy has recently been
established in 2015 by Craig McDougall and
aims to instil discipline and provide a structure
of Olympic style boxing to teach young boys
and men how to be fit, well-mannered and
active members of our community.
OBJECTIVES OF THE HASTINGS
BOXING ACADEMY INCLUDE:
1. Provide opportunities and life skills
coaching, practical boxing and exercise
training, positive role modelling and
leadership skills, talent identification and
2. Create activities and events to encourage
participation in healthy recreation to
support the wellbeing of young people,
their whanau and the HB community
3. Build quality relationships with our
participants so that we can support
them and their whanau at home and
in school and out in the community
e.g. employment, meaning learning
4. Achieve wider benefits than just sporting
e.g. increased confidence and better home
and school life
The boxing academy in the past year has gained
a reputation of engaging with troubled young
men to teach them discipline through their
involvement with boxing. Once students are
enrolled with the boxing programme they will
also be given the opportunity to experience
other activities such as sailing, outward bound,
swimming and high ropes confidence course,
alongside leadership development, educational
opportunities and employment.
The HBA aims to increase volunteer, wider
whanau, parental/caregiver involvement, and
provide positive male role models for these at
risk young men. Mentoring these young men is
a big part of what the academy offers.
The outcomes we have started to collect from
parents or caregivers of participating boys’
pre and post boxing are:
• Has a positive attitude towards adults and
• Is helpful and assists around the home
• Is good at following instructions and
obeying your house rules
• Makes positive decisions when challenged
throughout the day
The data shows improvement in all areas
however at this stage the numbers are quite
small.We are exploring how we can collect
more meaningful data.
Referrals are received by police, probation,
schools, social workers in schools, parents.
“Thank you for giving me
my son back, since he has
been here he has grown up
dramatically” Hastings Mum.
“Your boxing academy has
changed my family’s life,
thank you for getting
involved” Havelock North grandmother.
“We have trusted you
implicitly with our son and
you’ve shown us how good he
can be” Hastings Father
“I have gained so much
confidence in myself” Teenager.
Thank you for the amazing
opportunities that I have
experienced and the tools you
have given me” University student.
107 Market Street South – Shepard Hensman Accountants.