16th February, 2023 — Good Sports awards

Spiders Boxing Club crowned QLD Club of the Year

Spiders Boxing Club Inc, which operates from Caboolture PCYC, has been crowned the 2022 Queensland Good Sports Club of the Year.

The boxing club was also named runner-up for the 2022 Good Sports National Club of the Year award.

It was recognised for adopting practices and strategies to improve the wellbeing of its members, inspiring positive change and building a healthy, family-friendly club environment where everyone feels welcome.

"We work with all ages, genders, backgrounds, and abilities, to ensure everyone in the community has an opportunity to benefit. Spiders Boxing Club Inc encompasses everyone with compassion, in a caring way, that everyone deserves, said Club President, Kylie Burford.

Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2023, the Awards ceremony recognised Good Sports clubs and their dedicated volunteers from across the country who are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be.

Bringing the community together

"Spiders Boxing Club Inc encourages positive mental health and community connection through attendance and development of fundraising, local community events and family fun days, bringing the community together and helping them connect,” Kylie said.

The club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, which means it has a policy that covers alcohol and tobacco, illegal drugs, mental health, and safe transport.

“We run a community bus, to ensure that members get home safely, as well as attend tournaments, sparring and local family events. It also relieves time and financial pressures for some families,” Kylie explained.

Additionally, the club says it mentors a variety of people to help enhance career outcomes, and runs classes aimed at empowering young women. Through local connections, members can be supported with referrals to help and support services around general health, mental health, counselling, employment and financial support.

Kylie is the QLD Runner-Up Volunteer of the Year

Kylie Burford was named runner-up for the QLD Good Sports Volunteer of the Year award, for making her club stronger and more inclusive, by going above and beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.

“Kylie dedicates most of her time into improving and ensuring both the club and the community’s needs are met. This is on top of being a working mum,” said Club Administration Trainee, Raquel Randell.

“Kylie has been the beating heart of the club for many years, ensuring the club remains running and constantly growing. She is truly inspiring. The relationships she builds within the club is just phenomenal. Some even look up to her as family, as she goes above and beyond for anyone and everyone,” said Administration Officer, Emily Mooney.

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