Counting down to Fight for Life

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: The hard work continues for the amateur boxers, reserves and their extensive support team in the build-up fo the 2018 Fight for Life Ed Gisborne showdown on November 30. Back row (from left): Rob Kora with boxers Fale Toleafoa, Shane Luke, Blake Farrell, Everest Doleman, Carl Carmody and Paul Graham. Middle row: YMCA gym instructor Steve Norris with boxers Amber Dayberg, Kasey Brown, Nicole Paulson, Jade Stafford, Maria Jeffery, Erena Koopu, Debra Rasmussen and Karen Wells. Front row: YMCA gym instructor Miriam Norris with her baby Maika Norris and boxers Rose Reiri, Manu Niwa, Natalia Tahana, Katie Kirkpatrick and Rose Gavin and head trainer Kim-Maree Larby. Some of the boxers and trainers are absent. Picture supplied

There are only 27 days before the 2018 Fight for Life Ed Gisborne boxers step into the ring.

Patu Tahi Boxing Club coach Kim-Maree Larby and her team, along with YMCA Gisborne and Crossfit Gisborne, have been hard at work getting the fighters prepared mentally and physically for the big night on Friday, November 30.

Match-ups have been announced and event organiser Experience Gisborne has been hard at work finalising the finer details and smooth running of the event, which will feature nine bouts between Red and Blue team members.

Life Education Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour has been thrilled by the response of the amateur boxers, who have shown they are willing to train hard.

“Some of the boxers have whanau who have boxed in prior years. They have seen the challenge and want to rise to that challenge themselves.

“Sincere thanks, too, to the gyms, trainers and the Ruatoria Boxing Association, who all work hard to ensure the boxers are fit and capable on the night, and that the crowd enjoys a really great display of amateur boxing.

Mrs Seymour said Fight for Life was Life Education’s biggest fundraiser . . . “it significantly helps us to fund life education to all primary and intermediate schools in our region.”

The event is at the Showgrounds Park Event Centre on November 30.

There are only 27 days before the 2018 Fight for Life Ed Gisborne boxers step into the ring.

Patu Tahi Boxing Club coach Kim-Maree Larby and her team, along with YMCA Gisborne and Crossfit Gisborne, have been hard at work getting the fighters prepared mentally and physically for the big night on Friday, November 30.

Match-ups have been announced and event organiser Experience Gisborne has been hard at work finalising the finer details and smooth running of the event, which will feature nine bouts between Red and Blue team members.

Life Education Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour has been thrilled by the response of the amateur boxers, who have shown they are willing to train hard.

“Some of the boxers have whanau who have boxed in prior years. They have seen the challenge and want to rise to that challenge themselves.

“Sincere thanks, too, to the gyms, trainers and the Ruatoria Boxing Association, who all work hard to ensure the boxers are fit and capable on the night, and that the crowd enjoys a really great display of amateur boxing.

Mrs Seymour said Fight for Life was Life Education’s biggest fundraiser . . . “it significantly helps us to fund life education to all primary and intermediate schools in our region.”

The event is at the Showgrounds Park Event Centre on November 30.

Fight for Life card

(not in bout order, red team members names first)

Katie “The Pocket Rocket” Kirkpatrick v Amber “The Destroyer “ Dayberg

Rose” The Rogue” Reiri v Tyler “T-Bone” Burgess.

Blake “El Jefe” Farrell v Everest “Feint” Doleman.

Rose “Jabbin” Gavin v Nicole “Double Shot” Paulson.

Shane “Showtime” Luke v Carl “The Lycan” Carmody.

Maria “Machine Gun” Jeffery v Jade “One, Shot, Drop” Stafford.

Kasey “Kaseyius Klay” Brown v Erena “Killer” Koopu.

Fale “The Samoan Sniper” Toleafoa v Paul “The Boss Man” Graham.

Natalia “Love Punch Of Doom” Tahana v Ani “The Fijian Terminator” Tiko.

Reserves: Manu Niwa, Debra Rasmussen, Emma Logan, Karen Wells, Bevan Brooking, David Schwass, Simon Benge, James Thomas, George Horsfall.

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