Local boxers ‘fight their hearts out’ in European Championships

August 24, 2015

Two local boxing sensations are celebrating this week after picking up silver medals in the 2015 EUBC European Youth and Junior Championships in Hungary.

Fifteen year old female boxers Orla Garvey and Shauna O’Callaghan fought their way to the competition under the expert coaching of their respective boxing clubs Dealgan and Clann Naofa, both based in Dundalk.

Garvey, boxing in the Junior 57kg class, overpowered Turkey’s Havanur En en route to a unanimous decision before facing the formidable Russian Liudmilla Voransova in the finals on Saturday.

Dealgan BC coach Tony Broadhurst was full of praise for Orla, who, he said “has worked, listened and has got such a determination that no opponent enjoys being in the ring with her, she never gives up, brilliant attitude!”

More praise came from the official Irish team management who described all of the Irish team as  “outstanding” having “fought their hearts out all week.”

Both girls are no strangers to winning, having picked up a string of titles between them since beginning their boxing careers.

Silverbridge teenager Orla has won 5 All-Ireland titles and made it to the quarter-finals of the European Championships last year as well as the World Championships in China in May this year.  The teenager has been boxing since she was 10 years old and has boxing in her blood, with her two brothers enjoying great success with a Newry boxing club and her sister, now 22, joining Dealgan Boxing Club just a week before her.

Shauna has been described by her club as one of Clann Naofa’s greatest success stories and her selection for the World Championships in China this year along with her performance in the European Championships are undoubtedly the greatest achievements that Clann Naofa can boast.

The 15 year old has had a prolific four year career winning Best Irish Boxer in an Ireland v England International Women’s Boxing Event last year and countless regional titles. O’Callaghan is a two time Irish Champion and in March this year, she won the Senior Cadet Championships. Her successful performances at the training camp for the Irish Youth and Junior Squad in April led to her being chosen by the IABA Central Council as the number one boxer in the country in her weight division.

Congratulating both boxers on their tremendous performances at the European Championships in Hungary at the weekend, Sinn Fein Councillor Terry Hearty said,

“This is a fantastic result for two fantastic athletes,”

“The girls are an absolute credit to themselves, to south Armagh and their country.  The whole area couldn’t be prouder of them and I’ve no doubt that there are even bigger things to come from these girls in the future.

“To earn a spot representing your country is an incredible achievement in itself but to head out to Europe and take on the best of the best, it just shows what they’re made of.  They’ve been fantastic ambassadors for Ireland and south Armagh and I’m sure the whole area, indeed the whole country, will join me in congratulating them and the rest of the Irish team.”