The 17-year-old boy who died from injuries sustained during a school excursion at Mount Ainslie on Thursday is from a Yass family.
Adriaan Roodt was the Year 10 Campbell High School student who was injured at the mountain during a physical education class.
The Canberra Times today reported the accident involved a heavy log. The boy's family had requested his name not be released and asked for privacy, but have since allowed the Tribune to publish, speaking to the community newspaper through Adriaan’s trainer.
Adriaan was taken to Canberra Hospital after the mountain accident just before noon on October 18, but later died from head injuries.
He was an avid young boxer who lived and trained in Yass.
Today, the boy’s boxing trainer, Spider, said his heart went out to the family.
“He was such a lovely, gentle kid,” Spider said. The professional trainer said the boy’s father, Chris, had broken the news to him yesterday.
A former fighter himself, it was Mr Roodt who was usually the one to drop his son off at boxing classes.
The boy had been locally mentored in boxing, on and off, for the past year and a half, Spider said.
He had been showing promising signs of being a competent boxer and was ready to enter into the ring, Spider said.
His drivers licence arrived in the post, the day after he died and he was due to have his braces off on Monday.