The Rumble in the Singapore Jungle

It’s hard to believe it’s all over.

4 months of training and 4 months of fundraising all summed up in one awesome night.

Jemma “The Hammer” Hooykaas truly stood up to her name. She was one fierce female who wasn’t giving up for anything or anyone. Guts, determination and a crazy strong jab made her one heck of a competitor. I was so impressed with her and her boxing. She was an all-star.

I had a fantastic cheering squad worldwide supporting me during the fight and I could feel all of their support as I stood backstage ready to make my entrance. Now, many of you may know, I do like to make an entrance. πŸ™‚ I had my amazing fly girls with me making sure that everyone watching knew who runs the world… GIRLS!

My sister sent me this video of my family back home, watching the fight via a live stream that I set up over my iPad. I loved seeing my family getting involved and enjoying the fight with me. I wish that they could have been there in Singapore ringside to enjoy it firsthand, but it was a close second to the real thing. Check them out cheering here when they announced the winner!

After the fight – Jemma and I were both so happy with what we had accomplished in the ring. We ended our fight with a big hug and walked down the catwalk back into the backstage area together. We chatted about the fight and congratulated each other on a great effort on our walk backstage to the dressing room. And then we had a beer. πŸ™‚

I showered up and came out to say hi to everyone who came to support me. What a buzz!!! Everyone was so excited and it felt so great to hear all the congratulatory words and feel the hugs from all of my friends. Thank you again to everyone who came to support. It was awesome to have such a great cheering squad!!!

The rest of the night was a party and a half. We watched the rest of the matches and then went upstairs to the New Asia Bar located on the 78th floor of the hotel and has amazing views of Singapore. No better place to celebrate a great night! We enjoyed a few wobbly pops and danced the night away until the very wee hours of the morning. Fantastic!!

So… who won?

In the red corner… Keriann “K.O” O’Rourke!!!

Videos and photos to come soon! I’m departing for Chiang Mai, Thailand in the early morning for a week long excursion trip with over 100 Grade 8 students, so I won’t have too much of a chance to post as much as I would like but I hope to keep you updated as much as possible this week.

Thank you again to everyone for the amazing support! It has been an AMAZING experience and I am so proud of our fundraising and all the boxers who stepped into the ring last night all in the name of a good cause. Fantastic effort. πŸ™‚

About K.O.

I am a middle school Drama specialist and boxing enthusiast. I love to spend time with friends and family in Singapore and Canada, travelling, watching movies and then writing about my experiences here.

Posted on April 21, 2013, in Boxing, Fundraising, Singapore. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Ivy & Jan Eriksen

    Congratulations!!!!!! You did Canada proud……

    Jan and Ivy

  2. I am really really really going to miss these posts. It was great to follow your journey into the ring….agony one day, ecstasy the next…so good!!

  3. I, too, enjoyed reading your blog although a latecomer to it through LFP Friday article. What I like about you is “You are uniquely you”. I have watched UFC and WWE for years and also watched Rhonda Rhousey’s first UFC fight. Your blog shows grace and discipline. You didn’t start off with how great you are and how you defeated “your opponent”.
    You impressed me with your style and I’m sure you leave an impression on all who observe you.

    • Hi Theresa

      I intended to write to you so long ago – but I was just reviewing my blog today getting ready to start some new fundraising initiatives and I realised that I didn’t take the time to say thank you when you wrote your original comment many months ago!

      Thank you for your wonderfully kind words – for someone who I have never met – your post actually meant the world to me. I am always hopeful that I have within me the ability to make positive impressions on people, and most importantly, an impression of kindness and grace. What more could anyone ask for?

      Thank you for taking the time to send your message.

      I hope all is well back in Ontario! And I hope you keep following my blog as I embark on my next goal this October. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulation K.O.!!!!! I loved seeing Aunt Gwen so excited when she was watching you. Can’t wait to see the videos!!!

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