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Bigs and Littles: A 'little' ring leader

Noah, a Little Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester, has been developing his skills at boxing. It's made a huge positive difference in his life. He will participate in an upcoming boxing event in Truro.
Noah, a Little Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester, has been developing his skills at boxing. It's made a huge positive difference in his life. He will participate in an upcoming boxing event in Truro. - Contributed

By Anna Rutherford

TRURO, N.S. —

Here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester we believe all young people can reach their full potential with the right supports in place to navigate barriers and overcome adversities. 
Those supports can be provided through a number of ways, one of which is through the power of sport, exercise, and recreation. Noah, an eleven-year-old Little Brother in our Community Mentoring program has picked up a passion for boxing and will be fighting in the upcoming Hubtown Boxing Event, Rumble at the RECC, on June 22. 
Hubtown Boxing is Colchester’s oldest dedicated non-profit Boxing club. It also happens to be our neighbour, just a few doors down, and we share a similar mission to support children and youth. We caught up with Darrin Mosher, president and head coach of this non-profit organization, to chat about the benefits boxing offers to youth.
Mosher explained the difference he sees in the kids who participate in boxing. 
“Their athleticism and conditioning peak early and those that are dedicated to the programs really see a rise in self-esteem and confidence,” said Mosher. “It’s great to see the kids grow their confidence and self-esteem through hard work and dedication. We see them becoming more goal oriented in all aspects of their life.”
Noah has been training at Hubtown Boxing for one season. In that short time Mosher has witnessed Noah’s passion and dedication for the sport. 
“He has developed considerably since he joined. He is here almost every night training and is always up for extra-curricular activities that Hubtown Boxing participates in,” said Mosher. “Boxing has become a great outlet for him to de-stress and conquer his emotions when things are going on in his personal life. He has made some great friends at the club and continues to pursue his dream of being a champion boxer.” 
When we asked Noah how being a part of Hubtown Boxing made him feel, his response spoke volumes. “They’re a whole new family of friends.”
Noah’s volunteer Big Brother, Andrew Mitchell, will be in the stands cheering for Noah. He feels boxing has made a real difference in Noah’s life. 
“Noah has been training very hard, and it’s been fun to watch his progress,” said Mitchell. “According to Noah, it’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s about giving it your all. He has become a focused and dedicated young man with a purpose of giving it his all.”
Noah’s mom, Melissa, has also noticed how the sport has positively impacted Noah’s life. 
“Boxing has given Noah a positive outlet for his frustration,” said Melissa. “He is working hard to be healthier, stronger and is very determined to keep bettering himself.” 
The volunteer coaches like Darrin Mosher and team at Hubtown Boxing have put their heart into training many children and youth over the years. They have shaped and positively impacted these kids through the sport of boxing. When a child is provided a safe and empowering environment it allows them to feel like they belong to a community, and that will support a child realizing their full potential. 
“The event is our sole fundraiser and is hosted by us, in partnership with the RECC. We will be having a 14-fight amateur boxing card. The production of the show will be high end, with all the bells and whistles you would see at a Pro Show. Seating is limited and tickets are available through TICKETPRO or at the RECC,” said Mosher.
We encourage community members to get out and support Hubtown Boxing’s, Rumble of the RECC Event. Go cheer Noah on, as he makes history being one of the first boxers to fight at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre! It should be an action-packed night. Go Noah, go! 

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