Thriller In The Chiller is Queenstown’s premier charity boxing event taking place each year. It puts local Queenstowner’s though the rigors of competitive boxing training leading up to a night with a sell-out audience of 1,500.
The event itself is much more than just a boxing event. The thriller is about the experience, the environment and the atmosphere. After applications are in, 50 contenders are chosen to take part in the 6 week Contender Boot Camp. After this, the participants are dwindled down to 10 pairs of match-ups for the final 8 week Thriller Training Camp.
I’ve just found out I’ve made it in to the initial 6 Week Contender Bootcamp! While this doesn’t guarantee me a place in Thriller, it means I will be getting up 4 times a week to train at 6am. Every training session is compulsory and hard, hard work. The information pack tells me I’m going to be tired and sore all of the time, and that Thriller will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life – and for some bizarre reason this promise excites me as much as it terrifies me.
I’ve never boxed in my life. I’ve never committed to a training camp. I’ve never abstained from alcohol for 6 weeks. I’ve never hit anyone. I’ve never been hit.
Regardless, I’m taking my boxing gloves and I’m punching my way out of my comfort zone to where life really begins. Everything starts with a vision and a willingness to begin, and my vision is with my better self 6 weeks into the future. I wanna represent the idea that you really can make what you want from what you have. I’m not afraid to fail, but I’m not afraid to try either. I will try my absolute hardest during training. I’m prepared to fail, but I’m not prepared to give up. No matter how many times I get knocked down, I will always get back up. I will get through the next 6 weeks with determination, passion and drive. And how will having Type 1 Diabetes limit me? Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. My only limit is me.