Summerly Denny will draw on the inspiration of father Glenn Coxon for her world record attempt.
Summerly Denny will draw on the inspiration of father Glenn Coxon for her world record attempt. Contributed

Dad and daughter take a chop at world record

A COOLANGATTA veterinary nurse will take on the world on Thursday when she attempts to karate-chop her way through 162 pine boards in one minute, on the way to a Guinness World Record.

Surfing and art enthusiast Summerly Denny will team up with father Glenn Coxon to attempt the current mark of 161 boards, set in the US last month.

It’s the culmination of years of hard training for Denny, a self-confessed martial arts fanatic who as a kid wanted to grow up to be a ninja.

Coxon – recently given the all-clear after undergoing treatment for stage four cancer – will be there at the world record attempt.

He holds the male record and Denny said she was doing it because of her father.

“Dad threw me in the deep end when he announced earlier in the year that he’d be re-attempting his own record,” Denny said.

“When he announced it, he coolly added, ‘oh, I’ve talked them into you doing the female world record on the same day!’,”

“I was thinking ‘how serious can he be?’ Well, serious enough when he handed me my training regime.”

That regime has been a six-month intensive program, designed to have Denny ready come record attempt day, and she backs herself to succeed.

“I don’t have perfect slices of wood laying around ready to chop through,” Denny said.

“So I’ve had limited experience with the physical impact of board-breaking, however my training and conditioning is designed for this.”

Mental application could be the difference and Denny feels she can rise above the pain.

“At first it (chopping boards) just stings, a few more and it feels a little sore, then very sore, and then your hands are like ‘what the hell are you punishing me for?’,” Denny joked.

“That was my first experience.

“Now I know what to expect and know I must overcome it or be too caught up in the moment to notice.”

Her effort is remarkable considering she only got serious about karate three years ago and, while it’s going to hurt, she’s calm in the knowledge of exactly what she’s doing it for.

“I am doing this with my dad, and only for my dad, simply because he is my inspiration,” Denny said.



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