Kickboxers Florida-bound for world tests
Five members of the Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre will jet off to Florida as part of the Irish kickboxing squad to compete in the world championships next week. The five received their team suits at the final squad training session in Dublin recently.
Expectations are high for success from this very experienced squad from Wexford. Favourite to retain his world title will be Dale White, current boys' champion, who also took the prestigious W.A.K.O. European title a couple of months ago. Dale has been on a crest of a wave recently and will be looking to bring an historic two-in-a-row back to Wexford.
Rebecca Rowe is an experienced competitor on the international circuit with three girls' world bronze medals; she continues to gain in confidence and strength and will be expected to make it past the quarter-finals this year.
Anna Nolan will compete in her second world championships in the Under-13 years section; she has improved dramatically over the last two years and will be strong in her division. Judging by her recent form she will have her eye on a podium finish.
Michelle Casserly makes her comeback to international competition after a ten-year break. Since her return to elite competition she has had a string of successes on the national circuit and she will be determined to make her mark back on the international stage in the ladies' -55 kg. section.
Mark Rowe who competes in the men's veterans' section is an experienced international competitor with two world bronze medals achieved over the years. He has trained extremely hard with an eye on progressing to the finals this year.
The fighters will be joined on the trip by Patrick Monahan who has been selected for the international judging panel. Pat is a highly-experienced referee and will be a welcome addition to the team.
Chief instructor Bobby O'Neill said that 'the current squad of fighters is the most dedicated I have ever seen in almost 40 years involved in the club. These guys give everything in training five nights a week as well as travelling most weekends to squad training and tournaments.
'The success they are achieving is born out of sweat, bruises and hard work.'
The club would like to thank everyone who gave so generously during their fundraising activities throughout the year and especially their main sponsor, Peter Nolan Blood Stock. The club trains six days a week at Image Health Studios, WestPoint, Wexford. Beginners are always welcome.