The gloves are off as Prince Edward visits Sydney

The House of Windsor has arrived in Sydney with a visit from senior British royal Prince Edward to the oldest boxing gym in Australia.

At a Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in Woolloomooloo on Tuesday, the Duke of Edinburgh was introduced to young boxers including aspiring Olympian Marlon Sevehon, a 21-year-old with two championship wins under his belt.

Holding a punching bag for the young fighter, the prince joked the blows were falling softer than he had anticipated.

"Great stuff - I'm going to let go now," he said.

The youngest brother of King Charles is in Australia for a three-day visit as part of his role as the patron of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

It's his first visit to Australia since becoming the Duke of Edinburgh, a title bestowed on his father Philip Mountbatten when he married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

Prince Edward greets prison inmates in Sydney
Prince Edward has met with Duke of Edinburgh award participants in Sydney.

The prince was introduced to the PCYC's boxing program for disadvantaged youth by trainer Adam Thompson.

The program targets young people who might be at risk of offending and instead offers them a chance to join the boxing community.

The prince also met with Duke of Edinburgh award participants and their families, representatives of Corrective Services NSW as well as prison inmates taking part in the program.

Prince Edward presents Jessica Clark with a Gold Award
Prince Edward presented gold awards to Duke of Edinburgh program participants.

The Duke of Edinburgh program has been operating in Australia for more than 60 years and encourages youth between the ages of 14 and 24 to develop skills, participate in community service and undertake outdoor physical challenges.

The organisation's chief executive in Australia, Peter Kaye, said the growing number of participants indicated it was more relevant than ever to young people trying to build life skills.

Youths from around NSW travelled to Sydney for the occasion, with the prince presenting several gold award achievement certificates and speaking about the importance of the program in teaching young people to overcome challenges.

"I have enjoyed meeting each and every one of you," he told the group.

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store