Alex Leapai inspires Gold Coast teens to never give up

By William Burton

RUNAWAY Bay Sports Center played host to students from a variety of schools on Friday as part of a program designed to promote self belief and leadership.

Samoan Australian professional boxer Alex Leapai was on hand to talk to the kids about the importance of believing in yourself.


“You want to be a rugby player, you can be a rugby player, you want to be a policeman, you can be a policeman,” he told the kids, aged 12-14.

Mr Leapai was up against the odds in 2005 when he spent 8 months in prison for bashing bouncers outside a Brisbane nightclub but from there turned his life around and is now preparing for his next big fight in the boxing ring.

“No one in your life can be responsible for your actions except you,” he said.

Students who listened to Alex talk said they’d definitely taken something from listening to him.

“I’ve learnt not to give up,” one student said.

Alex’s next match will be against United States born Malik Scott at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on the 24th of October.