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Former Sports Champs Competing in Charity Boxing Match

Picture Credit: Tayla Damir. Andrew Embley at the Anarchy Training Centre

Picture Credit: Tayla Damir. Andrew Embley at the Anarchy Training Centre

Ramona Szell, Journalist

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Former Eagle Andrew Embley is training with former Olympian and Hockeyroo star Jayde Taylor, along with 20 other competitors, to compete in the amateur boxing competition on 1 April.

The event, hosted by Anarchy Training Centre and Terrace Events, will be raising money for Breast Cancer Care WA.

Embley is competing  in the main bout of the Perth Corporate Rumble held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Breast Cancer Care WA is a charity providing personalised emotional and financial support to women and men affected by breast cancer and their families.

Glen Austin, part owner of Anarchy Training Centre said the idea came about when he and Simon Crossland, owner of Terrace Events, were chatting over coffee. “It just built momentum , then we were like ‘let’s do this!’”

More than half of the competitors are long time members of Anarchy Training Centre and others found out through word of mouth and advertising and were keen to get involved.

With the support and guidance of their coaches ,competitors will transform in both mind and body as they undergo an intensive, eight week training session to get them prepared for the event.

Andrew Embley, who retired four years ago, said his fitness and motivation has suffered.

“It can be difficult because your whole life as a professional footballer is about structure and routine,” he said. “Unless you’ve got that motivation to keep at it, it’s very easy for things to slip away. I’ve found it really enjoyable to get back into a bit of training.”

Former Hockeyroo, Jayde Taylor, who will be boxing against small business owner Kirsty Fitzpatrick, said it’s very different to competing in a team.

“It’s literally yourself, not anyone else you can rely on. It’s you and your performance only.”

The retired Olympian says that training at Anarchy Training Centre for the past 18 months has helped her with a painful hip problem.

The Perth Corporate Rumble is Perth’s newest white collar boxing night and some of Perth’s largest corporate names and prestigious guests will walk the red carpet in support of the event.

Keep up to date with live video streams of the boxers warming up, stage introductions and footage of the action on the Perth Corporate Rumble Facebook page.

 

 

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