Mum steps up for Box­ing Bat­tle

Wal­ton Box­ing Club coaches are help­ing two Mata­mata peo­ple re­alise their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals. Rex­ine Hawes re­ports.

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You ei­ther hit, or you are go­ing to get hit.

That’s the ad­vice from Michelle Welling­ton, who is step­ping out­side of her com­fort zone and into the ring for the Hin­uera Rugby and Sports Club Box­ing Bat­tle.

The busy mum to five chil­dren has been train­ing for the past four months for the box­ing bat­tle on Novem­ber 19.

The event is to help up­grade the Hin­uera club rooms and is the first ma­jor fundraiser to­wards the project for the sports club.

Welling­ton, a Hin­uera Club mem­ber, spot­ted the in­vi­ta­tion to be part of the bat­tle through the Hin­uera Club Face­book Page and de­cided it was some­thing she wanted to try.

‘‘It’s just some­thing dif­fer­ent, and is out­side of my com­fort zone,’’ she says.

To pre­pare, Welling­ton has two per­sonal train­ing ses­sions a week with Chris Croas­dale at Evolve Fit­ness.

She runs 5 to 6km a few days a week and trains two nights a week, two hours per ses­sion at the Wal­ton Box­ing Club, which is sup­port­ing the event.

‘‘I have gained so much en­ergy and strength.’’

Welling­ton says she couldn’t be as pre­pared as she is with­out Wal­ton Box­ing Club coaches Dr Ray­mond Richards and Trevor McIn­tyre.

‘‘They re­ally know their stuff. The train­ing ses­sions are hard and they train you as best they can, it’s up to you what you take from it.

‘‘I feel more con­fi­dent with them be­hind me, I couldn’t do this with­out them.’’

Welling­ton’s ap­proach to box­ing has come a long way since she started train­ing with Richards and McIn­tyre.

Spar­ring against an op­po­nent, and punch­ing an­other per­son, was an ex­pe­ri­ence she had to come to terms with as part of the train­ing pro­gramme.

‘‘It's just some­thing dif­fer­ent, and is out­side of my com­fort zone.’’

‘‘It’s hard when a punch con­nects, I felt hor­ri­ble, I would stop and say sorry,’’ she laughs.

‘‘I had to stop do­ing that. The first time I was hit, it gave me a hell of a fright, but over time it taught me to al­ways have my guard up but you are never pre­pared for a hit.’’

Welling­ton is yet to be paired for the box­ing match, but McIn­tyre says they are work­ing on that.

For now un­til the bat­tle, Michelle is pre­par­ing her­self men­tally, and says she is full of nerves.

‘‘I am as pre­pared as I can be, I don’t have any ex­pec­ta­tions. I am just ner­vous of be­ing put on my bum,’’ she said.

She at­tributes much of her prepa­ra­tion to her own iron will and her hus­band An­drew (Bull) Welling­ton, who has been an enor­mous sup­port and has helped with the chil­dren when she has train­ing ses­sions.

As for what will hap­pen post bat­tle?

Welling­ton says she is keep­ing her op­tions open and has a few goals in mind.

The bat­tle takes place at the Hin­uera Club Rooms, at the in­door cricket cen­tre. Cor­po­rate tick­ets have sold out but there are still a few tick­ets (avail­able at Meat Co) left for bar seat­ing.

Michelle Welling­ton is a con­tender in the Hin­uera Rugby and Sports Box­ing Bat­tle. Michelle Welling­ton

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