Boxer back to inspire local kids

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Featherweight boxer Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ May is swarmed by a flock of young fans, all eager to meet their idol.
Camera IconFeatherweight boxer Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ May is swarmed by a flock of young fans, all eager to meet their idol. Credit: Callum Hunter

Bunbury’s PCYC was graced by the presence of world-renowned boxer Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ May last week who spent time talking and interacting with local children.

May’s appearance was part of a primary prevention program run by the Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation which targets at-risk children and youth in an attempt to keep them out of trouble while striving to follow their dreams, according to chief executive Renee Pitt.

May, who now lives in Los Angeles, grew up in Bunbury and said he always enjoyed coming home.

“I’m always happy to lend a hand,” he said. “It’s always good to keep the kids active and keep them off the street.”

Ms Pitt said it was important the children had someone to look up to, someone who grew up here, as they were doing, and had achieved his dream.

“It gives them inspiration and hope and it empowers them to follow their dreams,” she said.

“It was awesome we were able to get him to come along... he actually came last year when we first started.

“The kids are stoked and have just rocked up in numbers tonight,” she said.

May is set to fly back to Los Angeles this week.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails