20 Sep The Champ’s Corner: Gary Cowburn’s Knockout Legacy
Gary Cowburn, a true icon in the world of boxing, has now posthumously entered the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.
This honour was bestowed upon him at the start of the month in Melbourne, during a prestigious ceremony at the Crown Casino, cementing his place in the annals of Australian sports history.
Melinda Cowburn, his devoted daughter fondly reminisces about her late father and reflects on what it means to be the daughter of a local boxing legend.
“Dad began his boxing career in a time when opportunity for First Nations people was not equal and this certainly prevented Dad from being able to join the Olympic Boxing team back in the prime time of his boxing career,” explained Melinda.
“Despite many hurdles that were thrown in his way, he refused to let it change him and remained true to himself and was a humble, respectful and determined man. Dad always stayed persistent and achieved great results for himself and his family,”
”A few months ago, we received a notification that the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame was going to honour his legacy due to his incredible fighting record! Two of my sisters and five of his grandchildren had the pleasure of attending the event and we were all thrilled to represent our parents,” shared Melinda.
“During his boxing career, he shared the ring with some incredible talents, including American world champion Ralph Dupas and Australian George Barns,”
“It fills me with immense pride to learn that my father is held in such high regard, not just within the boxing community but also within the Gladstone community. My family and I take great pride in his life’s accomplishments and the knowledge that he will forever be remembered holds a special place in our hearts,” said Melinda.
“For over three decades, Dad volunteered tirelessly at the Gladstone PCYC. He not only imparted the art of boxing to young individuals but also contributed thousands of hours of his time and raised tens of thousands of dollars alongside his beloved late wife, Joy Cowburn, in support of PCYC’s mission in the Gladstone community. Their dedication was rightfully recognised when both Dad and Mum were honoured with life memberships with the PCYC.”
Gary Cowburn’s legacy extends far beyond the boxing ring. He was a loving father, a dedicated volunteer and a source of inspiration for countless individuals in the community and beyond. His impact on the lives he touched, both as a boxer and as a mentor, is immeasurable.