New­town club shines at Euro­peans

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the mem­bers of Swift Kick Mar­tial Arts Academy that re­turned from the WAKO Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Gyor, Hun­gary.

Their jour­ney be­gan at the beginning of the year with get­ting ready for the na­tional cham­pi­onships which is the qual­i­fiers to rep­re­sent Ire­land at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

They set out with a tar­get in mind and smashed it. Over the two days at na­tion­als they com­peted in 20 di­vi­sions and came away with 15 Ju­nior na­tional ti­tles, six sil­ver medals and two bronze medals.

With eight of the nine mem­bers qual­i­fy­ing for the Ju­nior Ir­ish Na­tional team to rep­re­sent Ire­land in Hun­gary at the WAKO Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

Of the eight qual­i­fy­ing mem­bers six would travel to rep­re­sent Ire­land those six were Heidi McLough­lin, Jake Car­roll, Amy Led­widge, Leah Kier­nan, Sarah Cas­sidy and Max Miller.

They put in tremen­dous hard work to get ready for the Euro­peans and un­der­gone nu­mer­ous na­tional train­ing ses­sions with the Na­tional Forms and Weapons coach Jes­sica Grant who is also an in­struc­tor at Swift Kick with her brother Fer­dia Grant.

As na­tional coach, Jes­sica was away in Hun­gary with the na­tional team keep­ing them fo­cused and pre­pared for when it was their time to shine.

They were com­pet­ing in four dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions such as Cre­ative Forms (CF), Mu­si­cal Forms (MF), Cre­ative Weapons (CW) and Mu­si­cal Weapons (MW).

As with na­tion­als, they once again smashed it at the Euro­peans com­ing away with a to­tal of six Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship ti­tles, seven sil­ver medals and five bronze medals, do­ing them­selves, their coun­try, their club and fam­i­lies proud in thbe process.

The in­di­vid­ual re­sults were; Heidi; 1st CF, 1st CW, 2nd MW, 3rd MF. Jake; 2nd CW, 2nd MW, 3rd MF, 3rd CF. Amy; 1st CF, 1st MF. Leah; 1st CF, 2nd MW, 2nd CW. Sarah; 2nd MF. Max; 1st CW, 2nd MW, 3rd MF, 3rd CF.

Max Miller, Sarah Cas­sidy, Jake Car­roll, Heidi Mc Lough­lin, Leah Kier­nan, Amy Led­widge, and Jes­sica Grant from Swift Kick Mar­tial Arts.

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