Former professional boxer Danny Green emphasized the importance of work ethic when he addressed attendees at this month’s Epiroc golf day.
Green also expressed his love for Kalgoorlie-Boulder and remarked he did not know the Goldfields town had a golf course — “let alone one that is so flipping good”.
Mining and rock excavation company Epiroc hosts their annual Kalgoorlie Corporate Golf Day each year to show their appreciation and ongoing commitment to their clients in the Goldfields region.
Guest speaker Green said he thoroughly enjoyed the day.
“I’m glad I came out and took part in the day because I love Kalgoorlie,” he said.
“Being a WA-born-and-bred bloke this is a special town.
“I had no idea that there was a golf course here, let alone one that is so flipping good — it’s magical.
“I’m not a golfer but this is just a beautiful outlook.
Green said to the crowd: “I don’t know much about golf but I think there were a lot of good shots out there.”
Green reminded the attendees of the benefits of hard work and dedication.
“It’s lovely to hear that my work ethic has been recognised,” he said.
“It is something that I have prided myself on throughout my fighting career — my work ethic.
“I was always renowned for being a very hard worker, and it’s always been understood that if anyone was going to fight me, they knew they’ve got a guy that is really ready to go because he’s prepared and trained — he’s a professional.
“I took my fighting as a professional very seriously and for me, to go into the ring prepared physically and mentally — to be in incredible shape — just showed the pride I had in what I was doing, the pride I had for the sport, but also the respect I had for the crowd because they paid to watch me perform so I wanted to make sure I was the best I could be for them.”
Green spoke to the group of Epiroc clients about his journey from a young man to a world champion boxer and the life lessons he learned along the way.
An attendee asked Green how to approach young employees who appeared to not have strong work ethics.
He told the crowd to approach each person with respect and to listen to what they had to say but to also know when tough love was the answer.
Epiroc’s Kalgoorlie regional manager Alf Lawrence said the day was held not only to show appreciation to their customer base but also to talk to them in a relaxed atmosphere.
“We talk to our customers on a regular basis but it’s always business, business, business,” he said.
“So this is a good opportunity to say ‘have a good day, enjoy yourselves and thank you for your business’.
“You can have this kind of get-together any day but getting someone special out just adds to the day and provides all the attendees with a different outlook — you know, from a high achiever like Danny Green who has been brilliant.
“We all push ourselves to achieve highly so talking to these high-achieving speakers and listening to their personal stories helps not only us as a company but also our clients that are here today.
“I think the Kalgoorlie golf day has been going for about 10 to 12 years, maybe longer I’m not too sure.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet socially, have a good time and hear from some really interesting guest speakers.”
As for the golf, the Goldfields Agnew team came in first place.
The Dynamic Drill and Blast team two was second, Northern Star Resources’ KCGM team third and the RUC team took the wooden spoon award.
Daniel Fitzpatrick of Dynamic Drill and Blast won longest drive and Troy Higgins of Jarahfire Drilling won closest to pin.