Wattle Grove: Burpee Guinness world record attempt for Cancer Council

Levi Kissick-Ponga of Gosnells broke the world recod for most burpees in 2016 and raised money for Cancer Council. This year he is attempting three new records and again, raising money for cancer research at Plus Fitness 24/7 in Wattle Grove. Photo: Matt Jelonek.
Levi Kissick-Ponga of Gosnells broke the world recod for most burpees in 2016 and raised money for Cancer Council. This year he is attempting three new records and again, raising money for cancer research at Plus Fitness 24/7 in Wattle Grove. Photo: Matt Jelonek.

MOST people dread the thought of even doing one burpee let alone breaking the Guinness World Record and doing 3000 in just 12 hours.

But Levi Kissick-Ponga (29) did just that in 2016 and is now attempting to break three more records as part of his Burpee for Cancer campaign.

This Saturday, the Plus Fitness 24/7 Wattle Grove personal fitness instructor will attempt the most chest to floor burpees in one minute and one hour, and the most standard burpees in one minute.

The father-of-two from Gosnells, who has already raised more than $9,000, said he started the fundraising campaign as a tribute to his grandfather who passed away from cancer as well as supporting other family members affected by the disease.

“I set out on this ‘Burpee for Cancer’ mission two years ago in memory of my family members who lost their fight with cancer,” he said.

“This time it’s for all the other families out there, to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honour those taken from us too soon.

“The worst thing in the world is watching someone you love suffer in pain when there is nothing you can do to stop it.

“I know this is a massive challenge and task, but this is nothing compared to what a cancer patient has to deal with day to day.”

Mr Kissick-Ponga said he was confident he’ll achieve at least two out of three attempts but that the one-hour record would be extra challenging.

“It would be an awesome feeling, and another record off the list if I achieve it,” he said.

“I have plenty of other records that I want to attempt over the next few years too.

“To look back when I’m older and say to my kids that ‘I got into the Guinness World Records book when I was younger’ can hopefully inspire them when they are older and also hopefully make my family proud.”

To help support Mr Kissick-Ponga’s Burpee for Cancer campaign, visit his fundraising page.