The wait is over...
After much anticipation the Main Event Dunedin Ltd has finally released the Contender information pack for hopefuls wishing to step into the ring for the first ever Dunedin Casino Southern Showdown - a black tie charity boxing event to be held at the Lion Foundation Arena on July 14th 2012.
It will see many local identities, businessmen and women put their hand up to fight for local charity 'Malcam Trust' and take a journey many thought they never would take.
'The event is about the experience, the environment, the atmosphere', says Doug Kamo, co-producer of the Dunedin Casino Southern Showdown and recent Producer and Artistic Director of the Otago Daily Times Big Night In. 'It is about creating a legacy of men and women who go through this programme and over time come out of it not only having had the greatest experience of their life, but that they take that experience and apply it for the rest of their lives as fitter, healthier and more confident individuals’.
Contenders must first make a written application from which the trainers and producers will select up to 50 who will go through to the 5 week Contender Bootcamp starting on 26 March at both CrossFit Dunedin and NZ Fight & Fitness Academy. Following the bootcamp 20 successful individuals will be selected to complete a further 8 week training programme before stepping into the ring on July 14th.
'Our focus is not on selecting the best or most accomplished boxers. It’s not about who is the fittest or the strongest. We anticipate selecting a range of bouts that represent people across our entire community whether it is industry on industry, business on business, sport on sport, club on club, or even just mate on mate '.
The Dunedin Casino Southern Showdown is sanctioned and managed by Pat Leonard and the team from the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association with well known local trainers Ryan Henry and Grant Hughes responsible for getting the Contenders boxing technique and fitness up to scratch.
Rosey McConnon, CEO of the Malcam Trust says we are delighted to be involved in this exciting event. We acknowledge this is more than a boxing event - it is an opportunity for individuals to stretch themselves and test their capabilities At The Malcam Trust we know that hard work and discipline is instrumental for young people to achieve goals and self-improvement. This mirrors the journey the Southern Showdown contenders will take as they ready themselves for the ring.
Interest to date in becoming a contender has been outstanding with lawyers, accountants, media personalities and human resources managers being a few of the industries to show interest so far. For more information go to www.southernshowdown.co.nz or contact CrossFit Dunedin or NZ Fight & Fitness Academy.