WHEN Jason Turner enters the ring for the Pro9 Corporate Rumble, he will do so bearing a powerful message of inspiration and perseverance.
Mr Turner, who is deaf, is competing in the white collar boxing event on April 13 to raise money for charities Happiness Co, Telethon Speech and Hearing, and the Fiona Wood Foundation.
Despite living with a disability, he is keen to prove all you need to reach your goals is heart and a high work ethic.
“If you are passionate about something like sport or keeping fit, you can do it,” he said.
“Do it hard and fast and do not give up.
The owner of World Upholstery Service in Willetton has lived with a hearing impairment since birth, but has never let it get in the way of physical activity and has a history of martial arts and boxing training.
He said his training at The MMA Clinic in Willetton had held him in good stead ahead of his bout, but admitted he was slightly nervous about the looming fight.
“I’ve been working hard to improve my breathing techniques,” he said.
“Weights, resistance, strength and sparring in boxing helps me to build more confidence to take part in the boxing.
“The coach keeps pushing me really hard.
“Every time I get a blood nose, I try to stay positive and be strong.”
Despite the nerves, Mr Turner said he had been inspired by the support from his family, friends and coaches and their support would fuel his adrenalin on fight night.
“Word of mouth and social media will support you along the way,” he said.