Dale Heenan signs up to white collar boxing fight to raise £1000 for charity
Local Councillor Dale Heenan has signed up to a white collar boxing match through ZerotoHero challenge, and is scheduled to hold his first fight on Saturday 9th May at the Oasis, Swindon. The evening will also be aired on Sky.
Dale has selected two local Charities, Technology for the Disabled and Swindon Guide Dogs, to help raise money for and has set a target of £1000 – £100 for every year he has been a Councillor. If anyone would like to help these charities, you can contribute at virginmoneygiving.com/DaleHeenan
Dale Heenan, “Between my job, and being a Councillor, going to the gym hasn’t been a priority recently. In the past, I’ve run half marathons and participated in a lot of distance swimming to raise money for charity such as the 1.5 mile Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier swim for the British Heart Foundation. But promotions at work and to the Swindon Council Cabinet three years ago has meant any kind of sport has gone out of the window – there is always casework for a local resident or a problem that I need to step in and sort out!
I turned 35 in January and really feel that I want, and need, to do something for me, something different, fun, interesting and if it challenged any assumptions people might have about me all the better.
I have no previous boxing experience or anything like it, so I’ve been trying to get in some early training and learn the basics. I want to win but if I don’t take this seriously then I know I will get battered! On hearing I had signed up for the Zero2Hero boxing challenge, a friend put me in touch with top local boxer and former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jamie Cox. Jamie agreed to give me extra 1-2-1 lessons to help my technique and fitness at his gym, the Arena at Crowood House on Gipsy Lane. He has been a great trainer, and I have a new found respect for boxers as athletes because its bloody hard work but a lot of fun.
I think it is important to always try to do something for the local community, so I have set a target to raise £1000 for charity, £100 for every year I have been a Councillor. My friends and work colleagues knew a few weeks ago and think I’m mad but they’ve already helped hit 25% of my target.”
Malcolm Martin, from Zero to Hero, added “Dale is joining 24 other local people for season two of the Zero to Hero Boxing challenge, a 10-week training programme which prepares boxing novices for a competitive fight.
During the first six weeks, all Contenders train together, completing two two-hour sessions per week as they work on fitness, conditioning, the psychology of combat and the basics of boxing and sparring. In week seven, Contenders are split into a Red or Blue camp to train, focusing on more advanced sparring, drills, conditioning and an opponent specific strategy in preparation for their bout.
What sets us apart is the total commitment shown to the ‘Contenders’ as they undertake a training regime that culminates in their bout on a boxing showcase that rivals any professional promotion. The Boxing Showcase itself also creates a wedding day / sky dive feeling that Contenders will remember throughout their lives. It is this genuine life-changing element that lives long in the memory.”