Comfort on the way for local boxers

Andre Gorges, far left, of Border City Boxing and Alana Mariani, far right, from Fahrhall, pose with representatives in front of the new HVAC system at Border City Boxing in Windsor, September 14, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

People working out at a Windsor boxing club will no longer be sweating as much while they box.

That’s thanks to a new heating and cooling system being installed at the Border City Boxing Club in Ford City. Representatives from the club, along with Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists and Vollmer, were at the club on Friday morning to help install the new HVAC system.

The new HVAC system is part of an ongoing community effort, according to Alana Mariani, marketing manager for Fahrall and Vollmer. She tells that the club’s lack of a quality temperature comfort system was brought to their attention by the mother of a client.

“We heard that the Border City Boxing Club was in need of climate control a few months ago,” said Mariani. “So together with our community partners, we were able to come through and get a furnace and air conditioner, 100 per cent donated to the club.”

An older unit, hanging over the main boxing ring at the club, had a handwritten sign asking people not to touch it. Two installers were on hand Friday to complete the installation of a new corner unit.

The lack of an air conditioner was problematic for young children and the elderly who use the club. Andre Gorges, head coach with the club, said the new unit is a godsend.

“This is a wonderful thing we’re getting here,” said Gorges. “I’ve been here for 18 years now, and no A-C. Some people like it because they get a good sweat on, but it’s been getting really hot these days. So it’s going to help a lot now.”

The club is a non-profit organization that provides youth programs and training in boxing. There is also an innovative program available for boxers with Parkinson’s disease.