Plans to make Queenstown the Australasian boxing hub are
Queenstown's Stewart Mitchell admits the resort's inhabitants
''aren't naturally boxing fans'' but is determined for to
town to punch above this.
On April 12, up to 15 boxers will compete in the Rising,
which Mitchell has organised to raise interest in the sport
before Queenstown hosts the New Zealand National Boxing
Championships in October.
About 200 boxers would be competing in the championships and
Mitchell's hope is for a Queenstown boxer to win the national
He has planned the Rising as a ''community event'', with
music by local band the Fletcherz and food supplied by Wild
''It's a taste of what the nationals is going to be about,''
Mitchell said, adding he hoped it would help Queenstown
become the Australasian boxing hub.
His other goal was to create an amateur boxing club at
Wakatipu High School.
Boxing had positive effects on both bullies, people being
bullied as well as people with low self esteem, he said.
''I would love to be able to get it going in that high