Boxing Australia

Boxing Australia
Sport Amateur boxing
Jurisdiction Australia
Abbreviation BA
Founded 1924 (1924)
Affiliation AIBA
Regional affiliation Oceania Boxing Confederation
Headquarters AIS Combat Centre Leverrier Crescent Bruce ACT
President Ted Tanner
Chief Exec Paul Grogan
Coach Kevin Smith
Sponsor Sting International
Official website

Boxing Australia (BA) is the governing body for the sport of amateur boxing in Australia. The BA trains and looks after Australia's Olympic boxing representatives. All around Australia, the development of boxing is in the hands of the BA. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA), and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) have recognised that Boxing Australia is the National Sporting Organisation for boxing.[1]


The body was founded in 1924 as the Boxing Union of Australia. In 1990s, the body took its current name of Boxing Australia.[2]


A critical component of Boxing Australia’s core business are our development programs and areas. This is the grass-roots of our sport. Development plays a vital role in encouraging participants to learn and enjoy boxing.[3]

Regardless of a participants gender, age or experience there is always a role to play in our sport. The roles can vary from being an active competitor in either competition boxing or our low-contact participation program Box’Tag. If competing doesn’t take your fancy, there are other voluntary and official roles.[3]

Officiating is one way to be close to the action. Refereeing & Judging is a great way to become intimate with boxing. You will become an expert on the rules and always have the best seat in the house. Like the boxers, Referees & Judges also have a pathway to international success.[3]

Most actively volunteers become hobby coaches. The reward and enjoyment of being able to develop a bond and teach an athlete new skills is unmatched. Trainers coaches boxers for a variety of reasons and this is reflected in their philosophy (to win, to learn, to develop social skills). Regardless of what your philosophy is, there will always be a coaching position for you in boxing.[3]

Regardless of what your interest and skill-set in boxing is, there will always be an active role for you to play. For more information contact your local Member Association.[3]

High Performance

High Performance is a concept within sport that is highly focused on a group of individuals or teams with the aim of achieving individual and overall goals to achieve success against our competition.[4]

Boxing Australia has had a proud history with our High Performance programs. In 1997, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) introduced Boxing as a scholarship sport. Its origins started out as a camp-based program, and by the early 2000s, Boxing became a full-residential program at the AIS.[4]

In 2005 Boxing was accepted as a program sport for the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) program which focused on identifying indigenous and heavyweight talent.[4]

In 2011, after the removal as an AIS Residential program Boxing Australia established full-ownership and management of our High Performance programs. The Boxing Australia Academy was established and conducted out of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra (Centralised camps-based).[4]

The Boxing Australia Centre of Excellence was developed as a decentralised program within each state and territory. The purpose of the program was to identify talented boxers that have the potential to represent their state or territory at future Australian Championships.[4]

In 2013 the AIS Combat Centre was established. The AIS Combat Centre houses the Boxing Australia training facilities featuring 2 training rings and 1 Olympic-size ring, 15 bags of various shapes and sizes, 2 uppercut wall bags, 2 speed balls and ample floor space. The Centre also features an area for strength and conditioning involving weights, skipping ropes, exercise bikes and rowing machines. A medical room coming off the Combat Centre floor allows quick access to treatment for our boxers. The AIS Combat Centre is a shared space, also involving training facilities for Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling.[4]

In 2013/14 the Centre of Excellence program changed to become the BAL Development Program, with a renewed focus on adolescent athletes with the potential to make state/territory teams. The main objectives of the Development Program are to teach young boxers terminology and skills at an early age, so as they progress through the pathway National Coaches do not need to re-teach these skills, but refine them.[4]

Boxing Australia receives significant support from the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport to conducting the running of our High Performance programs.[4]


Boxing Australia adopts a Federation Style Organisational Structure with Member Association representation with a Council, a Board of Directors that are Elected, Management and Operational Staff, Standing Committees and Commissions.[5]

Board Directors

The overarching management and strategic focus is handled a Board of seven directors, with the ability to coopt two non-voting directors plus the Chief Executive Officer, Paul Grogan.[6]

Name Role
Ted Tanner President And Chairperson
Ralph Belbin Director
Julia Felton Director
Jim Ferguson Director
Phillip Goodes Director
Dean Groth Director
Garry Moore Director


Member Association Delegates

Name Role
Theresa Warwick Boxing ACT Delegate
Justin Hayes Boxing Australia (NSW) Delegate
Byron Davis Boxing NT Delegate
Mark Evans Boxing Queensland Delegate
Allison Goodes Boxing SA Delegate
Herbert Herring Boxing Tasmania Delegate
David Pike Boxing Victoria Delegate
Geoff Peterson Boxing WA Delegate


Vision and Mission


Our vision for boxing is for a growing sport with Australian boxers recognised as among the best in the world measured by continuing success in international tournaments and for our sport to be eccepted by the community for the positive contribution it makes to the development of individuals.[8]


Boxing Australia and its State and Territory Member Associations are committed to achieving our Vision for boxing in Australia through good leadership, efficient administration and sound financial management both within Boxing Australia itself and in the State and Territory Member Associations, and in the provision of effective services to boxers, coaches, referees and judges and the Boxing Australia Community as a whole.[9]

See also


  1. "About". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. Oliver, Paul (2006). "Boxing Australia Inc." (pdf). What’s the Score? A survey of cultural diversity and racism in Australian sport. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission: 61. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Development". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "High Performance". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  5. "Structure". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Board Directors". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. "Council Delegates". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  8. "Vision". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  9. "Mission". Boxing Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2016.

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