The late and great political humanitarian, Tom Uren , said enthusiastically taking up boxing when he was a young boy during the Depression prevented him from getting into trouble. The ALP candidate for the seat of Townsville in the Queensland election is Pimlico State High School principal, Scott Stewart, above, who has used boxing to help pupils overcome frustration and control anger.
He took pupils who had difficulties at school to a boxing gym where with the help of a psychologist they discussed problems, donned gloves and even climbed into the ring with him for a round or two to let off steam . Being able to slug it out with the helpful teacher surprised the pupils and had positive results . Stewart’s novel approach received much attention , favourable comment and publicity .
A member of Rotary, he has also been involved in that service organisation bringing children from properties out west suffering difficult economic and drought conditions into Charters Towers and then Townsville for a holiday which included a trip to Magnetic Island. With more than 28 years in the teaching profession, Stewart is an impressive candidate and polls indicate he could kayo the LNP incumbent , John Hathaway. One of the surprising things Hathaway is promising , if re-elected , is the North's first breast milk bank , presumably of XXXX strength, and a groyne for Magnetic Island .NEXT: Will Coralee clobber Crisafulli of Cupid's Corner?