Boxercise Instructor Jean Webster is holding a Box2Beat Cancer class to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action. She shares her story, the benefits of boxing and her plans for the event.
“In September 2015 I started attending Boxing for Beginners sessions at St John’s Amateur Boxing Club in Chorlton. In September 2016, I completed a Boxercise training course through the club, and started running Boxercise classes there every Saturday.
I was initially training for a marathon but I had to pull out due to an injury. At first boxing was just a way to keep fit but over time I realised that it was doing so much more! It was improving my memory, my confidence, and helped to give me a new more positive outlook on life.
That’s why I want to organise a Boxathon! So I can give other people the opportunity to experience the full benefits of what this type of fitness can do. At the same time I can help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action, as my close friend Zoe’s family has been affected by ovarian cancer.
I first heard about Box2Beat Cancer on the Boxercise Instructors Facebook page, and I was keen to find out more. I spoke to Andy Rea, the manager at the Boxing club, who was more than happy for me to hold the Boxathon there.I initially put a post on my Facebook page in October and spoke to members of the boxing club to gauge interest and recruit possible participants.
I’m currently in the process of setting up my fundraising page and recruiting 20 participants. I plan to keep the participants updated and motivated with regular emails, get the local press involved, and contact organisations and businesses for possible donations (with help from my friend Eleanor).
Organising the Boxathon will be a big personal challenge for me. I will need to make it challenging, yet achievable for the mixed age groups and fitness ability, but most importantly make it fun! I’m very much looking forward to organising and running the Box2Beat Cancer class in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action. I will consider it to be one of my top achievements of 2017."To find out more about Jean's classes visit www.facebook.com/boxercisewithjean