Championing Causes in the Ring: Turbo Tec Sponsors Sisters’ Bout at Tikbox League 2

Turbo Tec is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming match between sisters Elizmari Reyneke and Leandri Joyce van Heerden. This thrilling bout is part of the event ‘TikBox League 2: Bully Beat Down’, scheduled for Saturday, 2nd September 2023.

The match is not just an exciting display of sibling rivalry but also a testament to unity. Both sisters are stepping into the ring to champion the causes of combating GBV and addressing mental health issues.

Tickets are available at Quicket

Growing up, sisters Elizmari and Leandri enjoyed watching boxing movies together which fostered their love for the sport. When Elizmari experienced personal trauma, she turned to boxing as a therapeutic outlet.

Both trained rigorously for a month under the guidance of Sensei Pieter De Klerk at the XKT gym in Middelburg. Competing against one another is both a challenge and a learning experience.

Both trained rigorously for a month under the guidance of Sensei Pieter De Klerk at the XKT gym in Middelburg. Competing against one another is both a challenge and a learning experience.

Through boxing, they aim to champion causes like mental health and combatting Gender-Based Violence, aiming to inspire and represent the voiceless.

Their upcoming match at TikBox League 2 is filled with anticipation, with neither emerging as a clear favorite. But regardless of the outcome, they will cherish the shared journey and the lessons drawn from boxing, serving as a beacon of hope and healing.

Echoing Rocky Balboa’s wisdom: “In the boxing ring of life, it ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

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Elizmari Reyneke:

Leandri Joyce van Heerden:

Interview with Elizmari Reyneke

Q: How were each of you introduced to boxing, and for how long have you been practicing it?

A: Since I was little I have watched boxing movies with my family and continue to do so today. I also know a lot about boxing moves, how to stand, etc… I recently went through a lot of trauma, and that’s when I decided to start boxing. I’ve been training non-stop for a month, and I’m proud of myself because through this, I’m working through my trauma and improving myself.

Q: What’s it like competing against your sister? Does it bring out the competitive side in both of you more than usual?

A: It’s not easy to box against your own sister, but in this way, we help each other out if we see a weak spot or a mistake. There’s competition on both our sides. But what I can say is, I’m glad to have my first boxing match against my sister and to share it with her. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses. We are both are winners.

Q: Do you ever box against each other just for fun?

A: We’ve never boxed against each other, but sparring is fun for both of us because we can correct and advise each other. We spar against each other every day during training, and I can honestly say both of us have learned a lot from our COACH/Sensei Pieter De Klerk at XKT gym in Middelburg.

Q: What’s one strength and one weakness in your sister’s boxing technique? (And vice versa.)

A: Her eyes are quick and she is fit, but she struggles with her footwork.
I hit hard and I know my footwork, but I’m a little slow.

Q: Can you tell us more about TikBox League and why it’s close to your heart?

A: We box for mental health as well as Gender-Based Violence for both men and women. I also want to show everyone outside that you got this, you are worth it, and you are ENOUGH and LOVED. I want to be the voice for the voiceless. I want to be their motivation. Knowing you’re not enough sucks, and I know how it feels. And I want everyone who feels worthless to know that they are worthy.

Q: How do you think the TikBox League charity event can help raise awareness or support for the cause?

A: If we can be the voice more people will feel comfortable telling their stories. People will know that they have the support to help them.

Q: How do you think the audience will react seeing two sisters compete?

A: Well, a lot of people are excited to see us box against each other. They also can’t say who will win because they don’t know how training went and what we have learned. They can only wait to see who will win.

Q: How do you plan to celebrate together after the match?

A: I will make sure my sister knows she will always be a winner in my eyes. And I will celebrate us for doing something the family said we couldn’t do.

Q: Who are your boxing idols or inspirations?

A: Rocky Balboa once said, “In the boxing ring of life, it’s not about how hard you can hit, but rather how many times you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Q: What advice would you give to young girls looking to get into boxing?

A: Use the hate and turn it into a positive mindset. Use it to push yourself. Remember, you are loved, worthy, and ENOUGH. Be proud of yourself for doing this. Boxing is more than just a sport; it’s therapy.

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