Agile working – Active People: John Williams

You may have seen us posting on social media recently about our MD, Richard “The Brummie Bomber” Jones, and his upcoming fundraising in the ring.

Richard wowed us all at Fight Night 2018 with his boxing skills.

But he’s not the only Paramount person with a penchant for pugilism.

Our Commercial Director, John Williams, also took part in Fight Night 2018 and was a huge support during Richard’s recent training regime.

When they’re not working on office fit-out projects, we’ve already highlighted the fact that our staff are an active bunch.

So we thought it would be worthwhile featuring just how energetic our Paramount people are. And first up is John:

Boxing Clever with John

Two boxers fighting in a boxing ring

Having undertaken no competitive sport as an adult, my fitness journey started when I realised I should maybe stop just dropping my son off at his Taekwondo class and consider joining in.

I enjoyed the class and built a reasonable level of fitness but found the strain on my inflexible hips proved to be an increasing issue.

Also, rather than spending x years making the grade, I wanted to learn a skill which could be more readily transferred into action on the mean streets of Penylan.

Having reached the age of 46 I decided that it was time for my first boxing match, I signed up to participate in Elite Fitness Fight Club 14 in June 2014.

The Aging Bull

Commercial director John Willimans dressed as a Roman gladiator

I trained hard and thought I was ready but I was not fully prepared for the intensity of the fight itself. It was very brutal.

Despite taking some big shots in the first two rounds and bleeding profusely, I finished stronger and would have won had there been another round. This ending gave me the will to try again.

I won my next 4 fights before facing Mike Faulds, a PE teacher 13 years my junior. Mike was at least a stone heavier than me and a very powerful man.

I was all but knocked out at the end of the first round but recovered and whilst I feel I won the next two rounds, the judges disagreed.

I guess they switched off at about the same time as I did. I was so concussed I even walked back to his corner at the end of Round #1 and had to be turned around by the referee!

Fight Night 2018

At the time of writing this, I am training (alongside our MD, Richard Jones) to have another go at Fight Night 2018 when I will be nigh-on 51 years old.

As I see it, I cannot lose fighting someone maybe 20 years younger than me as, by rights, I shouldn’t even be there.

I have had some great experiences in boxing, I have made a lot of new friends, been the poster boy all over Cardiff and raised over £23,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. My only regret is that time marches on and my opportunities to fight have nearly run out.

Notwithstanding this, I would choose the words of Adam Lindsay Gordon, the 19th-century Australian philosopher and politician, as an epithet for my experience over the last four years;

“Life is mostly froth and bubble;

Two things stand like stone,

Kindness in another’s trouble,

Courage in your own.”

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We’ll be sharing more stories about the Active People of Paramount soon.

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