Auckland City Harbour News : October 17th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 17, 2014 CanTeen battlers inspire By BEN ROGERS DYLAN Mandow will be hoping for a present of a different kind when his mum steps into the boxing ring to take part in a fight night for CanTeen. His mum Sibyl will don the gloves for the first time on her son’s fifth birthday. ‘‘Boxing is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve always thought it would be a great challenge,’’ she says. ‘‘I heard this one was for CanTeen and it would be great timing to get involved and do it for charity.’’ Mandow will fight as part of the Ringside Boxing Fight Night which aims to raise $70,000 for CanTeen. Each fighter has been paired with two CanTeen members who they will fight for on the night. The event struck a chord with Mandow who had a scare last year when Dylan started having seizures. ‘‘No-one really knew what was wrong,’’ the Grey Lynn resident says. ‘‘It was a really difficult time. I was a personal trainer and I had to give up my business because I couldn’t do it when I was in and out of hospital with my son.’’ Dylan was never diagnosed with a condition but has not had a seiz- ure since September last year. Since then the dynamic duo have been involved in raising funds for Starship Hospital and doing what they can to help out. He won’t be at the fight night but says he is proud of his mum for stepping in the ring. ‘‘I have to train a lot but I wanted him to know I was doing it so he knew I was trying to help people.’’ This year Mandow also completed the New Plymouth marathon but she says the run is nothing compared to three two-minute rounds in the ring. ‘‘I would choose a marathon over boxing any day, after four minutes in the ring I am begging the trainer to stop. ‘‘It’s so hard. I have a newfound incredible respect for people who do boxing as a sport.’’ Despite being out of her comfort zone Mandow has tackled the challenge head on. ‘‘It’s a real mental challenge. I got really freaked out at the beginning when I got put in front of someone else and they are coming at you with boxing gloves.’’ Mandow has been training seven days a week for the last eight weeks with the Fight Night team. ❚ Visit canteenfightnight.everyday hero.com/nz/sibyl to donate. Dynamic duo: Sibyl Mandow is dedicating her fight for charity to her son Dylan. Photo: BEN ROGERS Uplifting opportunity for former world champ By BEN ROGERS Carli Dillen was devastated when told that taekwondo would put her in a wheelchair within five years. But she knew she had to put her health ahead of her sport. The three-time world champion made the difficult decision to give up the martial art she had loved for 17 years. She put her focus on the new fit- ness phenomenon CrossFit and decided to take up powerlifting. ‘‘The combination of gymnastics, weightlifting and athletics means that your workouts are constantly varied and challenging,’’ she says. Discovering she could compete in powerlifting was a bonus after the 31-year-old had her fourth – and most serious – knee operation earlier this year. ‘‘I was really scared about the operation. ‘‘In the past I wanted to get the surgeries over and done with as quickly as possible, but this one terrified me and it took me 18 months to get ready for it.’’ ‘‘The surgeon basically cut my shin bone in half, cut out a wedge of bone, then put my lower leg back together with a titanium framework to re-align the knee.’’ Dillen did plenty of CrossFit workouts to get her muscles as strong as possible to help promote a strong recovery. It worked and Dillen achieved success winning the Auckland Championships in Melbourne in December and will compete in all three lifts of squat, bench press and deadlift. The Ellerslie resident loves the sport of powerlifting and hopes to see more women take it up. Dillen, co-founder of CrossFit Ellerslie, says there has been a huge rise in people taking up powerlifting. ‘‘Competitions used to be tiny and now they sell out,’’ she says. ‘‘People you wouldn’t expect to lift are totally into it.’’ One member of Dillen’s gym is 60 years old and can now deadlift 100kg. ‘‘New Zealand has incredibly suc- cessful and inspiring female powerlifters. I would love to see more women strength training and competing in powerlifting.’’ Dillen credits her parents’ sup- port and enthusiasm for a lot of her success and says they come to all her competitions. In preparation for the Oceania Champs, Dillen will be competing in the Industrial Athletic 2014 Powerlifting Championships in Ellerslie tomorrow. New Zealand’s own world cham- Miraculous recovery: Carli Dillen will representNewZealand in powerlifting just seven months after a serious knee surgery. Photo: BEN ROGERS Bench Press Champs and the National Bench Press Champs just six months after the operation. ‘‘My specialist was amazed at how quickly the healing process happened,’’ she says. Seven months on from surgery Dillen has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Oceania pion lifter Brett Gibbs will be at the event to offer advice to people new to the sport. ❚ Industrial Athletic 2014 Powerlifting Championships, CrossFit Ellerslie, 163 Marua Rd, Saturday 10am, gold coin donation.
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