Kick­box­ers on form in Larne

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

THE sport of kick­box­ing reached one of its goals re­cently when it met all of the cri­te­ria for inclusion in the world Olympics pro­gramme in the near fu­ture.

Lo­cal kick­box­ing coach Michael Mc­Der­mott said: “This is a goal we in kick­box­ing have been work­ing to­wards for the past ten years since get­ting na­tional recog­ni­tion from the Ir­ish Sports Coun­cil here in Ire­land.

“Our goal now is the inclusion of this dy­namic multi faceted sport in the Olympics and that is our next chal­lenge.

“When that goal is achieved to­day’s young ath­letes who have been hav­ing so much suc­cess at World and Euro­pean level can get real recog­ni­tion for their sport­ing achieve­ments.

Sligo ath­letes are con­tin­u­ing their ex­cel­lent form. Michael ex­plained: “In the mean­time our lo­cal young kick­box­ers con­tinue to pre­form su­perbly in com­pe­ti­tion.

“Re­cently 3 young ath­letes com­peted in Larne in a ring show on Fri­day night, while 2 com­peted on Sun­day in Car­ric­macross in a floor tour­na­ment, all do­ing re­ally well,” he added.

Bal­ly­mote Box­ing Club ath­letes with lo­cal Cllr Dara Mul­vey who as­sisted the club with their re­cent suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion from the Com­mu­nity En­hance­ment Pro­gramme in Sligo County Coun­cil. The Club were awarded €900 which will help pur­chase new equip­ment. Cllr Mul­vey com­pli­mented the club’s train­ers and mem­bers who vol­un­teer their time weekly to help the lo­cal young peo­ple get fit and learn self de­fence skills around the South Sligo area.

Kick­boxer Nora Walsh has her hand raised af­ter a great per­for­mance in Larne.

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