Cambuslang boxing gym are big winners in sports awards

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Rutherglen and Cambuslang Sports Awards might have been cancelled this year – but Durie’s Boxing Gym were still big winners.

Shahzman Parnez won Junior Male Performer of the Year, Ruby Samson was narrowly pipped to Junior Female Performer of the Year, and coach Archie Durie received a merit award for his work with boxers in the community.

Parnez enjoyed a good year in 2019 in which he won a second GB title, while Samson won gold medals in the Hull Box Cup and Western Districts.

Proud club coach Durie said: “The results were in at the start of the year and everybody thought the Rutherglen Town Hall would be open to present the trophies, but as everybody knows, Covid-19 had other ideas

“But Jim Wotherspoon from the Sports Council contacted us with news that we had won a couple of awards, despite them being scrapped.

“That was more good news for us this year – we’re not just a boxing gym, we’re one big happy family here.”

Meanwhile, Durie says he will have to exploit a loophole in order to stay open under new government guidelines.

While sports clubs have to close, gyms can remain open and Durie says he will operate in that manner until told otherwise.

Shahzman Parnez took the Junior Male award

He said: “I’m technically a sports club but also a gym, ‘Durie’s Boxing Gym’ is above my door.

“I’m a full-time gym, I’m open every day of the week, and this is my living.

“I’m having to work things differently, I can’t do classes anymore, and it has affected me again financially.

“I’ve got equipment and can let people use it, but everything has to be washed and have to take more cleaning time between bookings, and can only have so many people in the gym at any one time.

“It has certainly not done me any favours, that’s for sure.

“The gym had been going really well, every class was really busy, so it’s a problem.

“I need to be careful that I’m not breaking any regulations because I don’t want the gym to be shut down again, that would be all I would need, but it’s killing me just now.

“It’s not making it easy for me to stay open; the only good thing is I’ve paid my gym rent up until next February.”

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