MUM of three and Port Botany stevedore Dannielle Crawley has taken on a gruelling training routine that has seen her in the boxing ring at 4.30am in preparation for the War on the Wharves IV.
The Hutchison Ports employee will take on DP World’s Ronella Silbery to become the first female wharfies to take part in the fourth charity fight night to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation at Randwick.
Since starting her strict regimen, Mrs Crawley has lost 15kg through boxing sessions with trainer Sean Windon at All Sorts Gym, Alexandria which have been frequented by her nine-year-old twins Charlie and Matilda and son Xavier, five.
“I didn’t think it would be as full on as it’s been but it’s all worth it,” she said. “I have always been interested in boxing and I thought it was a good way to get fit and for a great cause.”
Mrs Crawley has been training at the gym three times a week for the last three months in addition to raising a family and shift work, while Mr Windon is training other competitors five days a week.
“This year is the first women’s fight,” he said. “Dannielle has been working so hard, I couldn’t have asked any more of her. I am stoked with her improvement.”
Her opponent, Ms Silbery, who has three children and two grandchildren, said she had been training daily at home and with her female boxing trainer Isa Aiono at Blacktown PCYC.
“I have a martial arts background, I did karate as a kid,” Ms Silbery said. “I have always wanted to do boxing and my partner was a boxing instructor.
“I wanted to be a role model for my children so they can think: ‘If my mum can do this, I can too’.”
Ms Silbery said it was an “huge honour and privilege” to be selected as one of the first two women to take part in the War on the…