Dean wrote: “Ok Wayne, here goes. I met Gavin Topp out of the blue during a business networking breakfast. I heard he was an ex Australian boxing champion and it was pretty obvious by the shape of his nose he had served his time in the ring 🙂
I’ve always had an interest in watching boxing and as soon as he spoke I was immediately drawn to him. Gav is a dynamic, inspirational guy and really is passionate about what he does. I later learnt he is a devout Christian too. Just an awesome bloke to be around (as are his team of trainers)
He sent me a follow up email after the meeting with a link to this, http://youtu.be/4HEknvOXpRw so he really had me thinking then. I mentioned to him I knew a friend that may be interested and agreed to meet him in his office for a chat.
Gavin is as good a salesman as he is a boxer let me tell you! He somehow shifted the focus to me rather than my friend whom wasn’t interested as it turned out.
As you know I started to struggle with depression after moving from Sydney, so amongst other things, I resumed to exercise and training to help. After competing in some challenging events (triathlons, outrigger canoe and Spartan races etc) I learnt there were benefits to be had getting myself out of my comfort zone. In addition, having recently losing some family members way too young in their lives and getting a scare myself after donating some blood that I may have had cancer, I began to embrace the philosophy “I don’t want to die wondering”. I mentioned this phrase to Gavin in his office and he replied, “do you know what’s worse than that Dean” I said no, he replied “LIVING wondering”.
I think that put the icing on the cake and the thought of actually participating in a boxing bout rather than watching for a change was scary I’ll admit, but you know me, the seed was sown.
I learnt later during the program that there was another underlying reason though. About 5 years ago I was in Fortitude Valley for a night out with my brother in law. I think we were walking between clubs or pubs and I noticed a man looking at us by the footpath. I took a second look at him as I noticed he was really focused on us, but then just continued walking and talking.
Soon after, I sensed he may be running up to me from behind. I was in a very calm and happy state and ignored that sense and ten POW, I was hit from behind!! I covered up and took a bit of a beating. To this day I do not know why I wasn’t filled with anger and didn’t retaliate. That anger came about an hour later along with the bruises. I was humiliated and angry with myself and probably never got over it. So I think the program was also an opportunity to have myself believe I could have courage and forgive myself for that evening.
So there you have it, sorry it was long winded, bet you’re sorry you asked wink emoticon
Oh and in case you’re interested, here’s the actual video footage on the night….