Simply the best, in any realm
BOXER Ben Bowes has countless medals to his name from years of sporting success inside the ring.
But last night the Rockhampton PCYC boxer added another to his ever-growing collection when he was recognised for his contribution to the community at Rockhampton Regional Council's 2014 Australia Day Awards Ceremony.
With 10 Australian titles, 24 Queensland titles, a World Championships bronze medal for karate to his name, plus two Queensland boxing championships, Bowes was a worthy winner of the Young Citizen of the Year for his sporting achievements alone.
But the 24-year-old's efforts extend further than the sporting realm.
Bowes, who started playing sport aged 10, actively volunteers his time to mentor younger boxers at the Rockhampton PCYC Boxing Club, and supports his local club by setting up and working different functions.
In addition, he is currently studying so that he can help others achieve their goals in fitness and general wellbeing.
He has used his interest in sports to help raise awareness of local and national charity organisations by participating in different events including Juvenile Diabetes, Legacy Fund and for the Pink Ribbon cancer campaign.
"Our Young Citizen of the Year, Ben Bowes, is a talented young member of our community, who I am sure will continue to utilise his passion further within our community," Mayor Margaret Strelow said.
"I congratulate all our wonderful recipients.
"Your Australian qualities of community spirit, helping those in need or simply being the best you can is extraordinary."