Victorian Boxing Champion Jay Jay Curtin could miss out on the national finals if his family cannot raise the money to send him to Perth next month.
Jay Jay, who lives and trains in Bonnie Doon, took out the state title last weekend at the Reggio Calabria Club in Brunswick.
However, as the sport is self-funded, in order to reach the national championships in Perth, Jay Jay and his family need to raise $3000 to cover flights and accommodation.
Jay Jay’s mum Kerry Mullins-Curtin has started a gofundme page and has managed to raise $385.
That still leaves $2615 to reach their goal, so they are appealing to local people and businesses to help Jay Jay represent Victoria at the national championships.
Jay Jay started boxing when he was 13 and is keen to go as far in the sport as he can.
‘‘I’ve trained very hard and with the help of my coaches, Kel Bryant and Peter Strachen, I’m in top shape and feel fantastic,’’ Jay Jay said.
In order to bring the belt home to Victoria’s north-east, Jay Jay had to overcome a difficult semi-final against Dom Monaro.
Winning that fight put him into the final where he overcame a tough battle against Daniel Roberts, who many expected to win.
Unfortunately, if Jay Jay cannot get to the championships in Perth his chance of making the Olympics and World Championships might be missed.
If you are in a position to help Jay Jay achieve this dream of competing in the National Boxing Championships, you can make a contribution at www.gofundme.com/jayjaycurtin