Hansen fighting fit for charity bout
Olympic cyclist Natasha Hansen will step into the unknown on Thursday night and is hoping her willingness to take on a big challenge can prompt people to dig deep into their pockets and donate to the Ronald McDonald House South Island organisation.
The Invercargill-based cyclist will on Thursday night test her boxing skills, taking on netballer Keshia Grant.
The fight is part of the Fight for Christchurch event and 100 per cent of the money raised as a result of Hansen fighting will go to the Ronald McDonald House South Island, which encompasses the wing they are currently building at the Southland Hospital.
Hansen said the money that is donated will reach the Southland region.
To date Hansen has raised $1800 but she hoped with the fight now about to happen it would raise more interest in getting people to donate to the important cause.
She said people could do so online by heading to www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/supportnatashansen.
While boxing is very much new to her and it is a charity fight, both Hansen and Grant are taking the contest seriously.
Hansen missed the Oceania Track Cycling Championship last week in Invercargill with her focus 100 per cent on boxing at the moment.
She has commented that the boxing training has her in the best shape ever.Her opponent however could prove a handful.
Grant has given her sparring opponents a tough time knocking two of them out in the past week and one of them was a male.
Fight for Christchurch organiser Justin Wallace said: ''Keshia has developed a very hard hitting approach and will be exciting to watch on Thursday night.''
However Wallace did also acknowledge the progress Hansen has made.
''She commented that she has never felt so fit and has increased her upper body strength where she feels if she got back on her bike she would break her PB times.''
Hansen had her last session in Invercargill yesterday with trainer Tui-Marie Sonter before she travels to Christchurch today.