About Our Team
Billy started boxing in Naenae under the tutorship of Dick Dunn; New Zealand’s legendary boxing coach, when he was eight years old. He has won four gold and two silver titles at the Nationals, the Jamieson Belt (most scientific), and the Australasian title in 1967. Billy was finals trialist for the Jamaica Commonwealth Games in 1966, Mexico in 1968, Edinburgh in 1972, and Christchurch in 1974.
Coaching in one way or another for many years in gyms and schools around New Zealand, Billy finally brought his gym dream to fruition in 2005 by purchasing a property in his hometown of Naenae, a suburb of Lower Hutt in Wellington.
Billy has been a television boxing commentator and was a regular guest on the Good Morning television programme. In 2008 Billy was nominated for the Jeff Gray BMW Personality of the Year category for Sportsperson of the Year and he has received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award. In 2010 Billy was one of a few people to receive a Wellington region NZ’er of the Year Local Hero award and in 2011 he was awarded the national honour of ‘New Zealander of The Year Local Hero’ as well as becoming Patron of Wing 269 of the Royal NZ Police College. This award acknowledges outstanding sacrifice and commitment to community and national pride as a perfect ambassador for New Zealand. His boxing academy has featured on TV1, TV3, TV7 and Prime News.
Billy has vast experience as an international platform speaker around the world for the past 25 years. Check out his speaking engagement website (www.billygraham.co.nz) Billy has spoken to 15,000 people at the Melbourne Tennis Centre and was a main platform speaker at the Million Dollar Roundtable at Atlanta, Georgia.
He has spoken to Corporates and Sportsmen alike, from Super 14 teams, to Queensland’s State-of-Origin team, and the New Zealand National Cricket team. Billy knows the pains and joys of being at the top and what it takes to get there.
Spell-bound audiences and sporting teams find Billy’s knowledge, energy, and passion very infectious as they are encouraged to achieve their best.
Games Director of the Inaugural Special Olympics Games held in Lower Hutt 1985, & the NZ National & Asia Pacific Invitation Special Olympic Games held in Christchurch 2005.
- Born & Bred Lower Hutt 1948 and an Old Boy of St Pat’s Silverstream
- Founder & Past Trustee of Special Olympics New Zealand
- Married to Wendy (1970) with two adult children Rhys & Monique, & three grandchildren
- Working career started with Europa Oil followed by The Singer Sewing Machine Co and a 17 year sales career with the AMP Society. Owner & Operator of Quinny’s Licenced Café (High St Lower Hutt 1989 – 1992), NZ’s original Karaoke Restaurant
Over recent years has dabbled in Event Management which have included -
- Two TransTasman Cook Strait Swimming Relays, 1980 & 1981
- Lower Hutt’s “Xmas in the Park” concerts, 2000 & 2001
Graham was NZ light middleweight champion in 1968 & 1970, NZ Double Bowls Champion in 1987, and is a National Boxing Referee.
He has known Billy since they boxed together as boys, also under Dick Dunns tutelage, so is one of Billy’s oldest friends.
He is a valuable asset to the NBA. Graham is also our Master Builder who helps us get things done around the academy, and a grandfather.
Brennan has been faithfully attending since 2006 and supporting the coaches above in their role. He is now a Level 1 coach himself.
He is a roofer by trade and is a father.
We are truly blessed to have the quality help that we do and we would also like to acknowledge Rochelle Broad who has been a faithful volunteer with us for years now.
Without quality people like these we would not be able to achieve what we do for the youth of Naenae and the surrounding areas so thanks to you all.