A record breaking Team Ireland squad has claimed 3 gold medals at the European Youth Championships in Sofia, Buglaria.
400 boxers, from 40 nations, contested the tournament, which began last Thursday.
The Irish 2022 team has won more medals at this competition that any other Team Ireland Youth squad contesting a European level tournament.
Going in to today’s finals, Ireland had four bronze medals, courtesy of 48kg boxers Georgia Dunn McGovern and Patsy Joyce, 50kg Katie O’Keeffe, and 63kg Winnie McDonagh.
Four boxers contested today’s finals. 70kg Laura Moran, who boxed Veronika Nakota of Ukraine, is coming home with a silver medal.
Bringing home gold are Team Co-Captain, 71kg Bobbi Flood, 81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly and 81+kg Cliona D’arcy.
The recorded victories over Gabriele Rontani Guidi of Italy, Karine Airpapetian of Ukraine and Polina Cherenko of Ukraine, respectively.
A 24 strong team contested the tournament representing Ireland and for many, this was their first time competing internationally. They showed maturity, composure and boxing skill in how they comported themselves at the tournament.
Ireland’s boxers also showed great team spirit, and could be heard singing and chanting throughout the tournament space whenever a boxer bearing the Irish flag got between the ropes. Team Ireland was awarded bronze team of the tournament. Silver went to England and Ukraine claimed gold.
Team Ireland Squad:
48kg: Georgia McGovern, Setanta : Bronze Medallist
48kg: Patsy Joyce, Olympic: Bronze Medallist
50kg: Katie O’Keefe, Kanturk : Bronze Medallist
51kg: Adam McKenna, Holy Family
52kg: Esther Lambe, Setanta
54kg: Shakira Donoghue, Templemore
54kg: Gavin Ryan, Ratoath
57kg: Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians: Team Captain
57kg: John Donoghue, St Michaels Athy
60kg: Jason Nevin, Olympic
63kg: Winnie McDonagh, Neilstown : Bronze Medallist
63.5kg: Tom McDonnell, Docklands
66kg: Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch
67kg: Jim Donovan, Our Lady of Lourdes
70kg: Laura Moran, St Annes: Silver medallist
71kg: Bobbi Flood, Cabra: Team Captain: Gold medallist
75kg: Emma Keating, Paulstown
75kg: Joshua Olaniyan, Jobstown
80kg: Ryan Murphy, Neilstown
81kg: Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa: Gold medallist
81+kg: Cliona Darcy, Tobar Pheadair: Gold medallist
86kg: Nathan Ojo, Esker
92kg: David J McDonagh, Olympic
92+kg: Bernie Cawley, St David’s, Naas
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