A woman who is celebrating her 44th birthday with a boxing match says you’re never too old to take up a new sport.
Debbie Short, 43, took up boxing to help her with her fitness. She caught the bug after losing just over a stone and decided to take the plunge on her first bout.
Debbie said: “My kids are really proud of me, they’ve encouraged me to keep doing it. I’ve been boxing for over a year, I’ve just had the one bout so far and have another on the 1st June.
“My kids came to the first fight that I had, but two of them are pregnant at the moment and are due three days after my next fight so I hope they don’t go into labour.
“The fight’s on my birthday as well, it’s a great way to celebrate.
“It’s the first time I’ve taken up sport, I left it quite late! I’m gutted I didn’t start earlier, but you’re never too late to start something, that’s what i think. I’m a fit grandmother, definitely.”
Debbie lived in Denbigh for eight years before moving up to Rhyl where she works on a caravan site.
She was the first woman to start training at Cae Dai, with trainer Craig Winters starting her on personal training sessions before launching the women’s only sessions. Deborah was also the first woman to officially join the club in it's 56 year history.
“My grandkids are only young, they don’t understand it so far, but I’m glad they’ll have something to be proud.
“Craig, who’s a friend, started doing personal training sessions and I just started doing that with him, and then he put on this women’s class in Denbigh
“I started going to the gym and have been there ever since, with Craig, Sparrow Harrison and the rest.
“It gets a bit busy now at Cae Dai with so many classes going on.
“I just wanted to lose some weight at first, I lost a stone and i just enjoyed doing it, boxing is great for fitness, it helps your mentality and just clears your head and everything, you can take all your anger out on the bags.
“This next fight is up in Llandudno, it’s a girl called Karen Burns, I’m not sure how it’ll go, we’ve both had one fight but it could go either way.”