Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland is packing extra punch with local boxing legend Jeff Horn announcing he is joining its corner as a youth ambassador. PCYC Chief Executive Officer Phil Schultz said Horn’s journey was truly inspirational and he was an ideal role model for young Queenslanders — win, lose or draw in the upcoming Manny Pacquiao showdown on 2 July. “Boxing holds an important place in PCYC’s history as it was our foundation activity at our first official club, established by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 1948 at Lang Park,” he said. “Since then boxing has remained one of the most popular activities offered by PCYC Queensland, with many of our programs aiming at breaking down barriers with local young people, including those who might otherwise be at risk, disadvantaged or disengaged.” PCYC Queensland is a charitable not-for-profit organisation that delivers a broad range of youth-focused activities and programs, school age care, gym and fitness, and more for the community. Horn said there were “clear synergies” between himself and the organisation. “When I look at my positive association with the sport, time spent as a school teacher and my own boxing journey, it makes sense for me to be involved with PCYC Queensland,” he said. “It is also a good fit from a cultural point of view — PCYC Queensland continuously punches above its weight.” Horn currently spar’s with one of PCYC Pine River’s local young guns, 20 year old Liam Wilson — who is one to watch and a Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games hopeful.

As well as Wilson, eight boxers from PCYC Pine Rivers Branch were recently selected to attend the Australian Junior and Youth Women’s Championships resulting in six national champions, one silver medallist, and a semifinalist Tiki Fraser. Fraser, who is a 17-year-old Indigenous female competitor, who will attend the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas 19-23 July thanks to the support of her local PCYC Pine Rivers Branch and the community. Almost 90% of PCYC Queensland’s work is funded through donations and services for the community, with the remaining from government funding as well as significant in-kind and some monetary support from their QPS founding partners. “Any surplus revenue goes straight back into our programs and facilities, as well as the communities we serve — ensuring we deliver on our vision, now and in the future,” Mr Schultz explained. “PCYC Queensland’s partnership with Jeff will help increase awareness and enable us to further connect with all of the local communities in which we operate, which is especially important as we head into our 70th anniversary in 2018.” Today, PCYC supports more than 73,000 members across 54 branches from the tip of Cape York to the Gold Coast hinterland. To find out more or donate now, go to pcyc.org.au

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