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Picture special: Boxing is back in the gym and Elgin Boxing Club are welcoming back male and female members of all ages and fitness levels to their Brodie Place facility after the Covid-19 break

By Craig Christie

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COMPETITIVE bouts could return to Elgin Boxing Club this summer, as the sport continues its comeback from the Covid shutdown.

The Brodie Place club has reintroduced training for males and females of all ages, with head coach Paul Gordon pleased to see his members back in action.

“After we went into lockdown again on Boxing Day we have had to rely on Zoom online training until we could then in April start doing outside sessions,” he said.

“Because of restrictions on numbers we have had to limit this to active boxers only.”

Governing body Boxing Scotland gave the go ahead in April for indoor training stints to resume, with under-18s able to do normal sparring and pads sessions while senior members could only do individual training inside.

“What was apparent when we returned to the club was which boxers had done the Zoom, outside sessions and been keeping up the work needed to complete in what is recognised as the hardest of sports.

He quoted one of the club’s boxers, Arran Devine, who said at the time: “Earn the medals now, collect them when boxing starts again.”

There’s plans to stage a schools and junior competition in Glasgow on August 21, with club shows set to follow on the back of that.

The Elgin club runs a free class for females on Saturdays, and female-only sessions on Mondays as well as children’s stints.

Active boxers train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginners on Wednesdays and boxing fitness classes are held on Fridays, all led by non-paid volunteer coaches.

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