Ang Kalatas April 2018 Issue - Page 16

SPORTS: BOXING New coach on the block ANDRE Reyes Dangaard, 39, of Wentworthville is the Filipino-Australian community’s latest contribution to boxing in Australia. By MARILIE BOMEDIANO A gardener by trade, Dangaard holds weekly boxing classes at two western Sydney venues: the Parramatta and Auburn Police-Community Youth Clubs. He became interested in boxing when he joined a class in Canberra Police-Citizens Youth Club in 1997. “I became fascinated with with boxing because it instilled discipline, strength and resiliency in me,” Dangaard said. “Growing up in the Philippines, in typical situations these were the exact and minimum traits you needed to come out and become successful. “You couldn’t be soft and sheltered. “You had to get up and do it for yourself, otherwise you would fall behind. “I enjoyed the challenge. “I think it’s in our blood as Filipinos to survive from tough situations.” Dangaard’s day job is working as a gardener of Hills Shire Council at Baulkam Hills. He is a native of San Juan, Rizal, in the Philipines. SPORTS: CYCLING FILIPINO-Australian community cyclists in Canberra at one of their fund-raising rides in the ACT and beyond. Canberra cyclists riding for ‘HOME’ THE Filipino cycling community in Canberra is organising a fund-raising event to help raise much- needed funds and awareness for HOME, a community- based initiative that provides a loving home for twenty men and women with chronic mental illness who cannot live independently and are at risk of becoming homeless. Cycling is not normally what one would associate the Filipino community - food and karaoke would comes to mind first. However, there is a strong community- 16 first culture among Filipino cylcists, and they resonate strongly with HOME’s focus on serving the most disadvantaged people in our community. So even though their cycling priorities are predominantly social, think coffee and catching up for a yarn and you’re pretty much there The cyclists are going to put ourselves to the test by riding the Centenary Trail on Saturday, April 28, 2018 for this worthy local cause. They are inviting the greater Canberra and Queanbeyan community to support this event by either cycling at the event and raising funds from family, friends and networks or by donating directly to HOME or by volunteering to support the riders on APRIL 2018 | AK NewsMagazine, Vol 8 No 7 the day. This event is not a race but a chance to challenge one’s self, have a lot of fun, get to know like-minded cyclists in the community during the journey and, most importantly, support HOME and the people they lovingly serve. This event is sponsored by Push 2&Pv&VW6R&fR$rVFvW"@&RwwrF26