Kicking up a storm
Dale White returns this week from San Sebastian in Spain as the newly-crowned European Junior W.A.K.O. kickboxing champion.
The 17-year-old member of the Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre captured Europe's most prestigious kickboxing title in the kung fu sets event. Dale has been on the crest of a wave over the last year.
His many wins include the W.K.K.C. world gold medal in points and team fighting as well as gold and silver medals in points sparring and sets events at the W.A.K.O. world cup best fighter event in Italy a couple of months ago.
Dale is a versatile competitor taking part in points sparring as well as open hand sets and weapons sets events at international events around the globe.
His coach, Bobby O'Neill, said of Dale: 'He is one of the most dedicated and talented students I have had the pleasure of teaching in the almost 40 years I have been involved in the Lau Gar club'.
Dale will have no time to rest on his laurels as he will return immediately to training and set his sights on this year's W.K.K.C. world championships coming up in Florida this November. He will be joined on the Irish squad for the world championships by clubmates Anna Nolan (girls' Under-12), Rebecca Rowe (girls' Under-17), Michelle Casserly (ladies' Senior) and Mark Rowe (men's veterans).
Speaking after his win in Spain, Dale said: 'It was one of the best weeks of my life'.
He praised his team-mates on the Junior Irish team and thanked his coaches, Bobby O'Neill, Mark Rowe and Pat Monahan, as well as the Irish team coach, Robbie McMenamin, for doing such a good job. In particular he praised his much-travelled number one supporter, his mother, Catherine, for her selfless help over many years.
The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre train five nights a week at Image Health Studios and beginners of all ages are always welcome.