New facility in Bible Hill provides much-needed space for growing membership
BIBLE HILL - Bigger and better - a description that aptly fits the Truro Amateur Boxing Club's new home.
The club moved from the cramped quarters of the old Normal College in Truro to the Industrial Building on the exhibition grounds in Bible Hill in late August, a move necessary due to the growth of the sport locally.
"When I took over, the numbers just started to grow and it was growing fast," said the club's coach, Ron Lamb, who trains 35 fighters. "I ended up having kids training in the hallways and I was losing track of everybody so I had to find a new facility, and it just so happened the exhibition grounds people heard that we were looking for a facility and they offered this to us."
The new club is more than 3,000 square feet, a far cry from the 1,000 square-foot facility at the old site. The extra space allows for an 18-foot ring, 70 feet of wall mirrors, more heavy bags and a weight pit.
"I'm happy for the kids," said Lamb, who has coached at the Truro club for the past two years. "They've got a facility they can call their own and the look on their faces when they came up and saw this … they were just speechless. They just thought this was great. They were so cramped in the other spot it was ridiculous."
Through grants, donations and the sale of boxing gear, the club has spent between $70,000 and $80,000 to renovate the old building and transform it into a top-flight training facility.
"We didn't have much of a facility downstairs (at the Normal College), so people came in and thought, 'What a Mickey Mouse outfit this is.' Now, they walk in here and they're impressed, and it's a nice environment for these kids to train in.
"It's an atmospheric boxing club," he added. "You feel like you're involved in a really classy club. It's sharp, it looks good."
Nicole Spidle has trained in Truro for the past two years, and is thrilled with the new digs.
"It's so much bigger, it's amazing," said
Spidle, a 19-year-old Annapolis County native, who attends community college in Truro. "It allows us to do a lot more stuff and have better training. We have a lot of new equipment too, so it helps out."
With an adequate facility, the club is now shifting its focus to high-profile events. In December, it will host the Nova Scotia championships in the junior, senior and ladies divisions. Lamb is also working on hosting an International Golden Gloves competition, which would attract fighters from Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
"We want to bring something to Nova
Scotia and now that we've got the facility, we're gonna do it."