“If you work hard in training, the fight is easy” Manny Pacquiao
The Overstrand Whale Boxing Club is situated in Zwelihle in Hermanus, in the Western Cape of Southern Africa.
The founder of OWBC, Mzi Damesi, has an insatiable passion for boxing. He coaches children who live in Zwelihle at the club, which is housed in shipping containers. This club is not only is the training ground for aspiring young boxers it is also a place of refuge. Mzi Damesi’s club keeps the children off the streets and out of harm’s way. The club has become a safe haven for many children.
Mzi Damesi has also taught the children that they can achieve anything if they work hard enough.
Many of his students have won prizes at national competitions. Training is one of the toughest aspects of boxing. The paces that fighters put themselves through just to ensure that they are in peak condition before a tournament is unimaginable.
In life as well as in the boxing ring, these young boxers are faced with enormous challenges.
The EMS Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club for a while and this week they were delighted to deliver new equipment and boxing gear to the club.
Judging by their excited faces there are going to many more competitions won.
The EMS Foundation has delivered food to the OWBC throughout the COVID_19 global pandemic in order to support the club members and their families.
Cover Image: Elizabeth Steyn and Mzi Damesi
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