Gladstone Region Deputy Mayor enters Tradie Wars

Gladstone Region Deputy Mayor enters Tradie Wars

Deputy Mayor, and former boilermaker, Kahn Goodluck will step into the ring in July to raise money for Young Veterans Central Queensland.

As part of Beast Championship’s upcoming Tradie Wars, Kahn will go head-to-head with Aestec Services’ Matthew Clark over three two-minute rounds of boxing.

“Matthew is a friend of mine and we spoke about it and decided we would both be happy to jump in the ring together for a good cause,” Kahn said.

“I trained and competed in the mixed martial arts arena in my 20s, so I love the discipline, but I have not done any training for 10 years or so, and I am definitely rusty and unfit.

“Which is another reason I decided to come on board with this event.

“In addition to raising money to support local young veterans, the competition will motivate me to focus on my own health and fitness goals.”

Over the next couple of months Kahn plans to eat healthy, run, do weights, and train at home and with mates to help him with his boxing skills.

“I might look into heading into a local martial arts gym for some sessions closer to the event,” he said.

“I know Matthew will also be training hard, and we will both step in on the night as good mates, with smiles on our faces, and hopefully put on a good show for the crowd.

“ I also look forward to enjoying a beer with him afterwards, and sharing a laugh while we cheer on some of our other mates on the night as well.”

Matthew, an older bouncer from the nightclubs, currently works as a Leading Hand Machine Operator with Aestec Services, and said taking part in Tradie Wars was an easy decision.

“My partner is ex-Navy, so I know how important supporting our veterans is,” he said.

“I look forward to getting in the ring with Kahn, raising some money for a great cause and putting on a good show.”

Kahn said given that Gladstone was a town full of tradespeople and workers, he hoped others would put their hand up to take part in the event.

“Jason Hoad from Beast Championships is such a passionate advocate for not only martial arts but also our young veterans,” he said.

“This is such a great event that the whole community should get behind, and I definitely encourage other local tradies to reach out to Jason if they’re keen to get involved.”

Tradie Wars will take place at the Calliope Roosters Indoor Sports Centre on July 2 from 3pm.

Tickets will be available at

Follow the Beast Championship Facebook Page to keep up-to-date as more tradie fighters are announced, or email Jason on for more information.