THROWING a punch at your commanding officer would usually be a serious breach of naval discipline – but these boxers had special permission.
Members of the elite boxing squad at HMS Collingwood in Fareham are taking part in a 24-hour ‘padathon’ which will see them throwing punches for an entire day.
The team of 12 started their effort yesterday morning and are expected to finish at 10.30am today.
They have been taking it in turns to throw the punches and hold the pads for five minutes at a time.
Petty Officer (Physical Trainer) Daz Hoare, 42, from Gosport, organised the event.
He said: ‘Hitting the pads for five minutes is not easy.
‘But it’s a good bit of endurance for the team and it’s all for a good cause.
‘Everyone has been supportive and it’s been going well.’
The boxers are raising money for two charities – the Portsmouth-based Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and children’s charity KIDS.
PO(PT) Hoare added: ‘The RNRMC does a lot for people in the navy and people who have left the navy.
‘They’ve done a lot for us too by helping us with new kit for our boxing so we wanted to do something to pay them back.’
On completion of the task this morning, the boxers were set one final challenge by PO(PT) Hoare’s father Rod, himself an ex-navy boxer.
The last person to punch when the 24 hours is up must drop to the floor and do press-ups, and for each one completed Rod will donate £1.
The team are then being treated to a free breakfast by the Harvester restaurant.
Local shops also donated food and fruit to help the boxers through their task.
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