We’re incredibly excited to have premiered “Fighting Chance” at “A Small Cinema in Kirkby.” This, specially commissioned, brand new short film by Tim Brunsden, brought a local story of Olympic proportions to our small-big-screen.
In a remarkable year-and-a-half, Kirkby local Kayleigh Hayes, formerly a dancer, has progressed from never having laced up a pair of gloves to winning the 2010 Womens Amateur Boxing (ABAE) National Senior Title. We catch up with Kayleigh in her preparations for an important International bout in Sweden and competition at international level has never been more intense: Womens Amateur Boxing is set to feature in the Olympic Games for the first time ever at London 2012 and there are still places on the GB team up for grabs!
From Kayleigh’s own perspective, the film gives a unique insight the world of Women’s Amateur Boxing and the hard work, dedication and sacrifice required to achieve honours at an international level.
“Kayleigh does a lot of her own training. She looks after the fitness and I look after the training side.”
“It’s how far you want to go in sports and Kayleigh is as ambitious as anyone – her day will come – you’ll see.”
Mark Joseph (Kayleigh’s Coach at 1st Class ABC)
This is not a film about success or failure – it is the start of a journey and we (the audience) will be left with a feeling of what can be possible.
Serendipity played a role in making this film happen: On the first day of setting up the shop space for “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” we bumped into Kayleigh, by chance, in Home Bargains next door! We were aware, from a project many years ago, that Kayleigh had been a promising contemporary dancer and so enquired if this was still the case – “No” said Kayleigh “I’m a boxer now.”