Dave Thompson was the first home grown boxer from The Boxing Shop.A kid who walked into the backyard shed as a 17 year old studying cert 3 in fitness and had already been through 2 knee reconstructions.
Dave came down to the shed with Fenella Schmidt to gain some fitness and learn some skills and together they both acquired a passion for boxing and helping people.
Fe and Dave were studying their cert 3 and 4 in fitness together and saw the boxing shop grow from a few people training in a backyard shed to opening the new facility at Griffith University in 2007.Both were instrumental in the early years of building The Brand to what it is today.
At TBS we have always had pride in our team spirit,Whether you are a kid,adult or competitive athlete we hope to provide the same level of support for everyone.
Both Fenella and Dave were instrumental in building the team culture when they became coaches at TBS,Dave still has people mentioning his name when talking about the Ab sets he used to torture them with.
Daves highest honour as a boxer was representing Qld against New Zealand at the Tattersals club in Brisbane,where he beat the Kiwi Champion over 4 x 2 minute rounds.
“I remember sending Dave out on his first Job which was to train an under 20’s football team,He was nervous because everyone was older than him and I dont think he (Dave) had even turned 18 yet,i just said go and be in charge and everything will fall into place”,Dave obviously made a great impression as the club chose to book him in for more sessions.
Fenella walked away from her bank job in the early years of TBS because she was so passionate about helping people achieve their goals and she saw the TBS vision from the early days of training in the shed.
Dave Thompson and Fenella Schmidt had a great impact on peoples lives and when they both decided to change their career paths,we were happy for them but also sad at losing these two TBS legends.
Lets get them both on the podcast and you can hear the early days stories straight from the horses mouth.