MEMBERS of Mountmellick-based Laois Martial Arts Club travelled to Wexford recently for their latest challenge.
The team was made up of 12 athletes and consisted mostly of members from five to six years.
The club secured all top three places in the competitions, which, according to the club’s head coach Shane Culleton, was “our most successful event to date.’’
The youngest member of the team was Abygail McPartlan. At six years, she secured a gold and silver medal. Next up to compete was Amy Comerford, also six years old, who secured a gold and silver medal.
Amy was followed closely by her brother Edward (8), who is a current Irish national champion. His bout was key preparation for him as he travels to compete in the Hungarian open later this month. Edward secured a gold and silver medal.
Another six-year-old had his first-ever competition win. Anthony Conroy took home a gold and silver medal for his efforts. Anna Jakovcika was next up, winning her first fight and coming close to winning her second and won a silver medal for her efforts.
Seasoned fighter and kickboxing fanatic Ciara McPartlan had a great event, winning her light contact section and getting a well-earned silver in point fighting. Shannon Conlon was next to win gold and silver medals. Next to compete was double national kickboxing champion Caitlin Knight, who is also preparing for the Hungarian open and the European championships in August. Caitlin had a great day securing gold and silver medals in her age category.
Amelia Reinhardt competed in the U13 light contact and pointfighting sections securing a gold and a bronze medal in what is always a challenging category.
With only three months of training under his belt and competing in his first-ever competition, Silviu Junca won a silver medal.
The final competitor from the club to take to the ring was the former multiple national champion in pointfighting and light contact Chloe Shortall. She came away with a gold medal in 15-16-year-old girls category, a silver medal also in her age category in pointfighting and a first place in the open weight advanced ladies light contact division.
Following the members’ success, head coach Mr Culleton said: The club and the fight team is growing all the time. The club continues to grow and is becoming the biggest kickboxing club in Laois, which is gaining huge recognition all over Ireland for the members’ continued efforts.”
For more details on the club, contact 086 3399287.