The Tipperary Kickboxing club returned victorious from the Irish Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Nationals held in Limerick LIT recently with seven out of eight competitors returning home with medals.
The club brought home two gold, two silver and three bronze medals with talent, fantastic performances and hard-work contributing to the young athletes’ success.
Twelve-year-old Alicia Chambers from Tipperary town achieved a treble national champion scoop, winning gold in 2014, 2015 and now 2016. Alicia is a previous world champion taking the title at ten years of age.
14-year old Shannin O’Dwyer from Tipperary town fought Robyn King from Waterford to win gold.
Upcoming fighter Edward English (16 years old) from Dromkeen won a silver medal in his match against Darren Morning from Donegal and Rossadrehid’s Niamh Peters (17 years old) won silver against Courtney Smith from Waterford.
Tipperary town’s Scott Beary (13 years old and previous world silver medalist), won bronze in the U14 category and twelve year old Emmett Price also brought home a bronze medal. Jerome Sarsfield from Dromkeen won Bronze medal and young Patrick Beary from Tipperary fought a hard match in the U8 category and was narrowly beaten for a medal.
Coach Craig Sutton is delighted with the athlete’s success.
“Seven medals is a great achievement for the fighters with Edward English and Jerome Sarsfield competed for the first time and returned with silver and bronze medals, which is a great achievement. The secret to our success is to train hard and knuckle down and all these young kickboxers do that and that’s how they get results.”
The club wishes to thank all the parents who travelled to the event and for their continued support.