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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Climbing upward

GUIDANCE: Goulburn PCYC volunteer Braydan Fenwick provides some advice to Norton McIntosh and Jayden Ralph in the ring. Photo: Darryl FernanceLilac City Festival Young Achiever of the Year Braydan Fenwick had no idea he would be called to the rotunda stage on Saturday afternoon.
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He thought he was just accompanying his family down to the carnival so his nephew could go on the rides.

The former Goulburn bad boy has, with the help of people who could see a good side to him, turned his life around.

He had spent years in and out of juvenile institutions, and his life was a mess.Fenwick had done things that hurt others,a past he knows he can’t undo. But now he is doing his best to share his story and encourage other young people not to make the same mistakes he did.

It was the faith of people like Amanda Thornthwaitewho got through to Fenwick and helped him overcome his demons.

“If it was not for the people who persisted with me and showed me that there was another way, I would not be here now,” Fenwick said.“I am in a much better place. I have a job and am striving to achieve with my boxing.

“When I look back on where I was two years ago, I am totally different now and that is thanks to the help I received.

“I am enjoying encouraging other young people through the PCYC boxing and other programs.

“It is very important for young people to talk about their problems and listen to those people with sound advice. Boys should not defiantly say ‘I’ll be right’ and try to tough it out. They need to reach out and find someone who can help. Even just talking can lessen a problem.

“I cannot undo my past, but I can try and help other young people who are at risk of going down a similar path to me when I was younger.

“Recently I participated in the Reach Out Australia run to raise money to target youth depression. Youth depression is seriousand I have experienced it myself, so it is very close to my heart.”

In the past six months Fenwick has fought his way through to the NSW Novice Light Welter Weight final. His last three fight winswere in mid September. The final is on October 14 in Blacktown.

Damien Vaughan, who withhis father Steve has been supportive of Fenwick,will be boxing on the same program in the heavyweight division.

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