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Willie Middleton is back home to help the youths

Willie Middleton believes boxing will help reinforce traditional values for young people. Photo Noel Fisher

Willie Middleton grew up in Bourke and is a proud Barkindji man.

Working in Dubbo as an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) Willie has spent over 20 years in the New South Wales Police Force working with Indigenous communities.

He started working as an ACLO at Bourke in 1995 before transferring to Dubbo, and then to Moree, Willie retired from the police force in 2017.

Willie has always had a passion for helping young people achieve their full potential and to live rewarding, purposeful lives.

Boxing since he was ten years old, Willie believes that through boxing young people can learn to understand respect, discipline, and commitment.

He was boxing until he was about twenty-three, and his passion for boxing and helping youth is apparent when you talk to the man.

Willie said that the target age he is looking for is the 9-to-17-year old’s but believes boxing is a great activity for all ages.

“Nine-year-olds are where we start to see a lot of change in behaviours. We can then start to teach young people respect,” Willie said.

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