Team Ireland’s Head Coach, Zauri Antia, has praised the incredible achievements of Ireland’s record breaking European Youth Championship team.
Irish boxers won 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 yesterday’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 the 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.
Speaking from a training camp with the Italian Federation in Assisi, Ireland Head Coach, Zauri Antia, has extended his heartfelt congratulations to the record-breaking team, whose Head Coach, James Doyle, is a High-Performance Unit Pool Coach.
Zauri has noted the team’s remarkable success in winning 8 medals, 3 of them gold. He says this result, and the “overall performance of every one of 24 Team Ireland boxers, is testament to Head Coach/HPU Pool Coach James Doyle, and in particular, the boxer’s clubs and club coaches, the boxers’ own commitment to their sport and the support given to them by the families and club mates. “ He adds the team’s achievements bodes “very well for success of these boxers in the future”. He adds “all Team Ireland members in Sofia showed great team spirit, and it is wonderful that Ireland was awarded bronze Team of the Tournament.”
The team returned to Dublin this morning.
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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