PCYC NSW, the NSW Police Force Youth and Crime Prevention Command and the GIANTS have claimed the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Largest Boxercise class.
The record was achieved last Saturday evening when 592 people completed a 30-minute Boxercise program at Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.
The successful attempt took place following the round eight AFL match between the GIANTS and West Coast.
Competitors, who included PCYC staff and supporters from as far away as Kempsey and Parkes, a large contingent of police officers and the young people involved in their prevention programs and GIANTS fans marched onto the ground and paired off under the instruction of an official Boxercise coach.
They were joined in the challenge by Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Anja Stridsman, who trains to PCYC Umina Beach, and GIANTS legend Shane Mumford.
PCYC NSW chief executive officer Dominic Teakle said the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt showcased a united community activity that inspires and empowers young people to get active in life.
“The record represented everything that is good about PCYC, the NSW Police Force and our relationship with a ‘GIANT’ of the community in the GWS team,” he said.
The Commander of Youth and Crime Prevention Command Superintendent David Roptell said the sight of dozens of police officers paired with young people and their families highlighted a partnership which worked to strengthen young people and the community.
“Our police youth case managers and school liaison police are instrumental in leading young people away from crime and helping to build a brighter future for them,” he said.
Achievement of the Boxercise record has placed PCYC and the GIANTS in the record books. Participants received souvenir branded gloves and pads as take-home mementoes and will receive an official certificate commemorating their part in the historic occasion.
The effort received sponsorship from EFEX, Toyo Tyres, Macquarie Group, Broadspectrum, 4 Lucky Ducks, Hope Estate and Virgin Airlines.