Thursday 22 August 2019

Katie's success sparks surge in female boxers

Members of Clonard Boxing Club are busy training.
Members of Clonard Boxing Club are busy training.

CLONARD BOXING CLUB has swung back into action after the summer break and its boxers are ready to punch their way to the top.

Following on from the success of Team Ireland in the boxing at the Olympics, the club was delighted to welcome a number of new members to the fold when the doors of the gym reopened at the start of the season.

Chairperson Francis Keeling commented on how he was delighted to see a number of young girls have chosen to take up the sport.

He maintains that the success of Bray boxer Katie Taylor has inspired young girls to try their hand at a sport which was traditionally dominated by men.

But the boys are still there too and are also adding to their ranks!

Although membership has grown in the club, Francis stressed that its not all about numbers. 'It's about talent and skill,' he said. Francis added, ' Tom and I have been talking and we are impressed by the level of natural ability which some of these young boxers have.'

Head coach Tom Hayes, who is also the national youths coach, is busy putting the new members through their paces so as to have them fighting fit for the kick off of the Wexford League, which begins in mid October.

Novice and experience boxers alike are expected to demonstrate the same level of commitment to their training. The schedule at Clonard Boxing Club involves training on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Training starts at 8p.m. For further details on the club contact Francis on 087-6826386 or Tom on 086-8970783.

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