Opponent for van Dyk announced

After a three-month long search, chartered accountant Belinda Sommerville has put up her hand to fight former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk in the Fight For Life charity boxing night.

Event organisers hope to raise $100,000 for Hospice Waikato, a cause that is close to the heart for the 33-year-old from Napier.

At the Fight For Life announcement in Wellington today Ms Somerville talked about her father who died of lung cancer in 2009, “He was given months, rather than years to live; so his attitude at that time was bright and shiny, positive and it was making the most of all the time he had left.”

She said giving back to Hospice is important for her, “Hospice was absolutely fantastic  for us during this time.  They made sure we had all the support we need so that my dad could fight for as long as he could.”

Her opponent, 1.93m tall Irene van Dyk is relishing the challenge and told reporters of her new appreciation for boxers and the training they undergo, “I have heaved like I have never heaved before, I’ve ran up hills that I’ve never ran up before; and probably after this boxing, will never run up them again.”

She is “extremely happy” that Duco has found a partner for her and hopes that the pair’s efforts will raise more than the $100,000 target.