Grange High Performance boxers win four Australian masters titles

Grange High Performance coach Anthony Redward (left), masters champion boxers Adam Sapienza, Peter Meades, John MacDonald and Jason Shaw, US fighter Jeanelle Freiman Orsi and coach Paul Druce. Picture: Anthony Redward
Grange High Performance coach Anthony Redward (left), masters champion boxers Adam Sapienza, Peter Meades, John MacDonald and Jason Shaw, US fighter Jeanelle Freiman Orsi and coach Paul Druce. Picture: Anthony Redward

Four Macarthur boxers have proven that age is no barrier to success.

Adam Sapienza, Peter Meades, John MacDonald and Jason Shaw all tasted success at the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Amateur Masters Titles in Caloundra on Saturday night.

The masters is a sport format for men and women over the age of 35.

Sapienza, 44, won a super heavyweight title, MacDonald, 53, and Meades, 63, both recorded cruiserweight victories while Shaw, 48, sealed a light heavyweight win.

The four men train together at Grange High Performance in Smeaton Grange.

It was a particularly sweet win for Sapienza, who only began boxing in 2017 when invited to participate in a Corporate Clash in Macarthur charity event.

"I had a midlife crisis and I decided to give it a try," the Rossmore resident said.

"I fell in love with the sport, it's something that I can still do at my age.

"I now train every day at the gym or do boxing, or sometimes both in a day."

Sapienza thanked coaches Anthony Redward and Paul Druce for their support.

"I did a lot of hard work and preparation in the lead-up to the masters titles," he said.

Redward said he was proud of Sapienza, MacDonald, Meades and Shaw for their strong performances.

"They are all active and good boxers - they haven't slowed down at their ages," he said.

"They put in the same amount of work as some of my gym's elite boxers."