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Young Boy dreams of glory

By kemposon - 25 February 2012 6

In the current political climate it might be nice to read a positive story about good ausralian values.

Adrian Farquhar is a very gifted young athlete who is aiming to compete in the junior Olympics and then on to Olympic glory in the sport of boxing. No Australian has ever won a gold medal in the Olympics at any weight; in fact Australia has only won two silver medals in Olympic history. (In 1908 and 1998). Adrian is a quiet and unassuming young 13 year old to have such high ambitions.

To achieve his goals Adrian trains intensively 6 days a week and puts in extra camp training when school allows. Adrian’s is currently undefeated and hopes to remain so for as long as possible. This year Adrian has to compete twice in every state in Australia and is booked to compete in Ireland in august.

Olympic standard sport has now become science assisted with many tests in endurance strength speed etc. Adrian is in the very top percentage in all. Standing 5 ft 7 inch’s and weighing 40 kilos with a smile, young Adrian has a huge height and reach advantage over his competition.

When asked if he thought boxing was violent he said:Olympic boxing is like fencing ,you have to score points over give away one point toget 3 back.

Not so unlike politics after all.

You can see more about this happy fellow at www.adrianfarquhar.com.

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Young Boy dreams of glory
kemposon 2:51 pm 13 Mar 12

l agree with the worry that young Adrian could be hurt in this sport,however the new olympic sport boxing rules are very very strict when it comes to safety regulations. Head gear, gloves, mouth guards and also a changing of the scoring system makes the sport far more like fencing . l am a fan of rugby ( where children get far more hurt ) and often watch children weighing 40 kilos getting smashed by 70 kilo plus children of the same age. Olympic boxing is matched by weight ( 2 kilos the max difference , age and also experience )

poetix 12:23 pm 13 Mar 12

‘5 ft 7 inch%u2019s and weighing 40 kilos…’

Well, I’m the same *height* as Adrian…

Good luck to him in making the Olympics.

gladbag 11:54 am 13 Mar 12

That is quite a nice website. It is nice to see people setting out their goals and working towards them. Put a dollar in towards helping this child achieve his dream, not much I know, but hopefully with wider community assistance and his own continued hard work, he will be able to get there.

James_Ryan 8:33 am 26 Feb 12

LSWCHP said :

If I was a boxer I’d hope to be undefeated for as long as possible too.

As great as this sounds, the idea of a child being regularly punched in the head during the years of brain development doesn’t seem like such a good idea to me. [b]One of my cousins was a a state level boxer during his younger days, and now you’d have to say that he’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.[/b]

And a big hello to RA’s latest reader, LSWCHP’s cousin.

Amateur boxing is different I believe, given the headgear and stricter adjudication.

LSWCHP 11:24 pm 25 Feb 12

If I was a boxer I’d hope to be undefeated for as long as possible too.

As great as this sounds, the idea of a child being regularly punched in the head during the years of brain development doesn’t seem like such a good idea to me. One of my cousins was a a state level boxer during his younger days, and now you’d have to say that he’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.

vg 6:18 pm 25 Feb 12

In 1960 Tony Madigan got done by some guy named Cassius Clay in the semis, snaring the bronze

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