Macarthur boxers fight their way onto national podium

Beat the best: Proud coach Aaron Bailie (centre) has helped two of his fighters, Cane Plevnarovski and Braith Young-Carpenter to win national medals. Picture: Simon Bennett
Beat the best: Proud coach Aaron Bailie (centre) has helped two of his fighters, Cane Plevnarovski and Braith Young-Carpenter to win national medals. Picture: Simon Bennett

Cane Plevnarovski and Braith Young-Carpenter have proven themselves to be two of Australia's toughest young boxers.

The talented PCYC Campbelltown duo recently scored silver medals at the Under 19 Australian Boxing Championships held in Queensland.

Their coach Aaron Bailie said it was a pleasure to watch the boys succeed.

"It's been a big year for Cane and Braith but they have both dived in and given it their all," he said.

"I was chosen to be assistant coach for the NSW team this year as well so it was good to be with them at the comp.

"I was over the moon watching them do so well."

Bailie said the boys had managed to achieve the goal of fighting on the NSW state team in a short amount of time.

"They've only been boxing for about two or three years and I've just watched them go from strength to strength," he said.

"They have both been fighting well above their ability.

"In other states kids can start boxing from as young as 10 but in NSW it's 14 years so the competition already has a headstart."

Cane and Braith, both Macarthur locals, train for five to six days a week.

"They do four days at PCYC plus sparring days and going for long runs," Bailie said.

"As a coach I am over the moon with the amount of effort everyone has been putting in."

Bailie said boxing was a great sport for people of any age.

"Boxing is a great sport even though it an be a lot of work - I think it is one of the hardest sports in the world," he said.

"That's not because it is dangerous, because boxing is a pretty safe sport.

"Kids are matched up by age and weight division so you don't have the danger of a bigger kid running at a smaller kid on the footy field or anything like that.

"It's really structured and disciplined but it's also a great team sport.

"When you're in the ring it is self-rewarding because it is only you in there but when you come out the whole team is there for you."

Bailie said Cane and Braith were also grateful to the community for rallying around them.

"We ran a GoFundMe to get the boys to the national comp and we just want to thank the people that got behind them," he said.

"We wouldn't have been able to get them up there without that support."