From boxer to Postie: When Gary isn’t in the ring, he’s connecting people in his community

Gary became a Postie more than 50 years ago—almost as long as he’s been in the boxing ring. He shares his intriguing story of taking life lessons from his daily practice in the ring to early mornings on the Postie bike.

Gary Williams’ job has always been to connect people.

Starting his career at the age of 14 as a telegram boy, Gary then became a Postie with Australia Post from age 16. It’s a job he loves because it brings people together and connects him with his community.

“I know a lot of people, and a lot of people know me,” he says. “I know the people that are struggling, and I take the mail up to the door.”

Gary’s face is a familiar sight in the town of Orange, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, where he has travelled the length of his postal route every day for over 50 years. “Orange has grown a lot over the years,” he reflects. “Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, everyone would get a letter.”

His route now covers deliveries to around 7,000 addresses.

“I bought a house on my own mail run, and I’m my own postman,” he chuckles.

Taking the discipline of boxing to the Postie run

Outside of work, Gary’s passion is boxing. He was taught to fight by his father as a child and has since held a lifelong habit of training six days a week. “I started training when I was six years old and I had my first fight when I was seven,” he says. “And I’ll never stop training.”

Having competed in more than 200 amateur fights, Gary’s boxing has taken him to New York’s Madison Square Garden, Bangkok, Indonesia and New Zealand. Gary also competed in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada, before moving up to a professional level and claiming the Australian Featherweight Title in 1981.

Right from his early years of boxing, Gary hoped to get to the Olympic Games. “When I didn’t get selected to go to the Olympics, it was disappointing, but you’ve just got to carry on.”

The highs and the disappointments of his boxing career have taught him a lot about life.

“I’ve been knocked down a few times,” Gary says. “If you get knocked down, you do the best you can to get up. You wipe your gloves, and you go again.”

Gary says he’s learnt about fitness, endurance, pacing himself and versatility from his fights and training. It’s these kinds of lessons that he takes from boxing and applies to daily life and his work.

“It’s the same as being a Postie,” he says. “You’ve got to be in the same place at the same time every day. My alarm goes off at 5.33 every morning, I’m there at work at four minutes to six, and I like to be on the road by 8.30.”

Australia Post Postie and boxer, Gary Williams.

From the ring to the Postie bike in a growing regional community

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