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BOXING CHAMPION DONNA PEPPER DIES IN HOLIDAY TRAGEDY

 

 

Boxing champion Donna Pepper dies in holiday tragedy in Cambodia

DONNA Pepper was good at most things. At the rest, she was great.
 

Donna Pepper

A family photo of Donna Pepper in the ring.

Nothing proved that more than when female state boxing champion in 2006, she gave up her gold medal to fight an opponent from a heavier weight division, and then gave her a boxing lesson.

The title was the crowning moment of Donna's career, which was tragically cut short on Monday when she was killed in a motorcycle crash in Cambodia.

Donna, 30, died during a tour of the Forbidden Temple while on a five-month Asian holiday.

Her father, David Pepper, said Donna was an outstanding boxer who was as talented out of the ring as in it.

"They gave her the outstanding boxer of the tournament, it was a beautiful fight," he said, recalling the moment she beat the odds.

"She was a champion."

Mr Pepper said Donna had planned to do volunteer work with orphans and at an animal refuge during her trip before spending a month kick boxing.

Born in North Haven, Donna worked mainly in payroll and had just finished work at Clipsal.

"She's just a genius. She had a go at everything and was good at most things and great at some things," Mr Pepper said.

Donna's former boxing coach, Tiny Lennell, said she was a good student of the sport.

"She was a good boxer with a beautiful right hand," he said.

Former Boxing South Australia president Phillip Goodes said Donna was a strong and competitive boxer with a good nature.

Donna leaves behind parents David and Dianne and her brother, David Jnr.

Source:  www.news.com.au/national/boxing-champion-donna-pepper-dies-in-holiday-tragedy-in-cambodia/story-e6frfkvr-1226271315071

Former boxing champion dies in Cambodia

A former South Australian boxing champion has died in a motorcycle accident while holidaying in Cambodia.

Donna Pepper, 30, died on Monday during a tour of the Forbidden Temple while on a five-month holiday throughout Asia, Adelaide Now reports.

Ms Pepper planned to volunteer to work with orphans and at an animal refuge before spending a month kick-boxing, Donna's father David Pepper said.

"She's just a genius. She had a go at everything and was good at most things and great at some things," Mr Pepper said.

Ms Pepper, who was born in North Haven, became a South Australian boxing champion in 2006 but famously gave up her gold medal for a chance to take on an opponent from a heavier weight division — a bout she duly won.

Former Boxing South Australia president Phillip Goodes said Ms Pepper was a good-natured, strong and competitive boxer.

Ms Pepper had just finished work as a payroll manager at an electrical accessories firm before embarking on her trip.

Source:
  news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8419649/former-boxing-champion-dies-in-cambodia

 

 

 

 

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