Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Lessons in Pugilism Pack Powerful Punch; Part-Time Preacher Uses Boxing Ring to Set Troubled Youth on Right Path. JULIAN LUKE Reports

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Lessons in Pugilism Pack Powerful Punch; Part-Time Preacher Uses Boxing Ring to Set Troubled Youth on Right Path. JULIAN LUKE Reports

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ANDREW Jones is the epitome of a jack-of-all-trades.

From a nurse who was a successful boxer, to a police officer who became a teacher, and now the assistant preacher at the Church of Christ and mentor to disadvantaged kids, he sure spreads himself around.

But this is not a story about Andrew as such. It is a story about his "work" at the Warwick Boxing Club (for which he receives no payment) training people and doing whatever he can to set troubled youth on the right path.

We'll get back to that.

Mr Jones has only lived in Warwick for six years and works as a behavioural officer with Education Queensland, but he has walked many paths in life.

It started in 1985 when he signed up to become a nurse at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, a career which he maintained for four years. But this wasn't to last.

"I saw an ad in the paper one day to become a policeman ... so I went to the Police Academy," he said.

He was based in Maroochydore for a large chunk of his 10 years as a police officer but in 1999, after attaining the rank of Senior Constable, Mr Jones decided it wasn't for him.

So he handed back the blues and badge and went off to university to study.

"I had five kids at that stage and thought I'd like to get some weekends off," he said.

Mr Jones said starting his first degree at the Queensland University of Technology at age 30 was no big deal.

"No, not really... I was still basically working full-time as a builder while doing university," he said.

Upon graduating in 2002 Mr Jones taught at a number of schools, including on the Sunshine Coast and at Bribie Island, before getting a hit on his "job feelers" in the Rose City.

"(Moving to Warwick as a behavioural officer) was really an accident. I had my feelers out for work and there happened to be a job on offer in Warwick," he said. …

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