Class act Katie has eyes trained on Rio Olympics
Published 03/10/2012 | 05:00
Gold medallist boxer and A-grade maths student Katie Taylor returned to the classroom yesterday where it was revealed she still wants another shot at Olympic glory in four years time.
Her dad and coach Pete Taylor, who accompanied Katie to her alma mater, St Kilian's Community School in Bray, Co Wicklow, said Katie wants to fight for Ireland at the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Taylors are currently locked in contract negotiations with the Irish Boxing Association, the outcome of which will determine whether or not she turns pro.
He said they have come under "a lot of pressure" from promoters to make a decision and one would be made in the next 10 days.
Almost two months on from her win at the London Games and her hometown is still decked with 'congratulations' banners and so it was at St Kilian's Community School, where 700 students packed into the gym to give an ear-splitting welcome to their most famous past-pupil.
Katie gingerly entered the hall to the strains of that infamous boxing tune 'Eye of the Tiger', clearly taken aback by the high-decibel cheers.
"It's always great to come back here to see all the students and the teachers here really shaped me into who I am.
"I have great memories here," she told the crowd.
Principal John Kelly waived the school's mobile phone ban for the afternoon and, quick as a flash, a sea of handsets were whipped out of students' pockets as they craned to get the best shot of their heroine.
Mr Kelly paid tribute to Katie's intelligence, humility and "complete lack of ego" and said it was these characteristics, along with her talent, which have set her apart.