Ding ding calling all Thriller wannabes

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Thriller in the Chiller organisers are looking for would-be boxers ready to rumble at this year’s Queenstown Winter Fest­­­­ival fight night. 

Thriller pits evenly-matched locals against each other in three bruising two-minute rounds at what’s typically been a sold-out night and now one of the social highlights of the year in the Wakatipu. 

The event, now in its fourth year and being held at the Events Centre on June 29, is sponsored by Mountain Scene. It raises money for a local charity. 

Event manager Simon Green says: “Over the past couple of weeks the phone has started ringing with people wanting to know how they register their interest. 

“Others are telling me they are training in advance of our bootcamp starting at the end of March, which is great to see.” 

Green is planning an information evening at the Events Centre in Frankton on March 4. 

Applications close March 15. 

After receiving a record 74 applications last year, Green is introducing for the first time a weekend qualifier on March 23 and 24 to cull contender bootcamp numbers to 50. 

Applicants will be required to attend a series of workouts to see if they’ve got what it takes to make it through a three-and-a-half month training pro­gramme. 

The five-week contender bootcamp then starts March 25. After that finishes, 16 or 18 Thriller in the Chiller fighters will be chosen for an eight-week training camp starting on May 6. 

“We are not trying to find the best or most accomplished boxers, we’re not even looking for the fittest or the strongest people out there,” Green says. 

“We want real people who represent as wide a cross-section of the community as possible, who are willing to challenge themselves as individuals, but who will also support those around them on what will undoubtedly be a life-changing experience,” he says. 

Preferential bookings for corporate tables will be open to Mountain Scene clients till February 15. General tickets will then go on sale.