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The honours just keep coming to Emyvale Boxing Club and this is just rewards for the amount of time and effort given to the sport by the boxers and their mentors. A packed training programme and constant practice of skills and strategies with top class advice and direction from the corners ensures that each member can reach his/her potential and there is no scarcity of encouragement and confidence building to prepare them mentally and physically for the challenges they might face. The latest honours came to the club through a National Title won by Kaylin Geary and a win for Oisin Treanor as part of the Ulster High Performance Team which participated in a major Multi Nations Tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.

Kaylin, as Ulster Champion, had won her way to the All-Ireland semi-finals in the 31kn Girl 1, which were held last weekend in the National Stadium. Kaylin faced stiff opposition in Biddy Conroy, from the Crumlin Club, but won on a Split Decision. The final then on Sunday against Holly Connolly from Ballaghaderreen was going to be a close encounter and a difficult one for Kaylin as Holly had KOed her opponent in the first round of her semi-final. It turned out as expected but Kaylin was in top form and boxed her way to another Split Decision and the title. Congratulations to Kaylin and we wish her further successes in the months ahead. She is the second female to win Boxing Gold for Emyvale as Dolores Hughes was an Irish Champion a couple of years ago.

Meanwhile last weekend Oisin Treanor, an Irish Champion, was in Stuttgart among some of the top boxers in Europe. Over 600 boxers from twelve different countries participated in this Multi Nations Tournament for the Black Forest Cup. He put on a great show of boxing all the time he was there but mainly in the final when he faced the German Champion and defeated him with a Unanimous Decision. Not only did he take the Gold but was then awarded the Best Technical Boxer of the Tournament, which was a great prize to win and great for him to win such a prestigious award among such fellow boxers. Well done again Oisin and no doubt Oisin's name will come up again. He has had a tough a season and perhaps a rest for a while might be on the cards. However he will be back to the sport and we wish him more success in the future.

When I called to the Club to meet the champions this week it was a hive of activity and plenty of calories going off in sweat. There were a couple of visitors there too including another Irish Champion, Martin McDonagh, and Francie from Ballina, Co. Mayo.