BOXING champion Jeff Fenech believes Wartook is an ideal spot for a boxers' training camp.
Fenech answered questions at an informal session at the first of a Champions in the Grampians series developed by the Troopers Saloon's new owner Stuart Duncan on Friday night.
Fenech took time out from coaching boxer Danny Green to attend the event.
"I wouldn't have broken Danny Green's training camp for anybody else," he said.
Mr Duncan, managing director of telecommunications company Solve, took over the Wartook development including Troopers Arms and Chinaman's Lodge accommodation units in January.
His plans for the site include an open-air stadium and boxers' training camp.
Mr Duncan will donate proceeds from Jeff Fenech's appearance to Country Fire Authority brigades.
"It will be tremendous for people who really want to work hard and relax," Fenech said.
"It's so beautiful out here."
He said the camp would make the most of the Grampian's location with rockclimbing and hill running.
"It's somewhere you can take your mind off anything and just really concentrate on training."
Fenech said the camp would focus on more than getting boxers in physical shape.
"I believe we don't teach athletes enough self management - what's best for the person themselves," he said.
During the question-and-answer session Fenech talked about his life and what he had learnt from his mistakes.
"So much of my knowledge has been gained from listening," he said.
"I honestly believe it's very important to have enough confidence to talk and ask questions.
"I think picking the right company is very important."
"Having the skills to do that is important."
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