LOCAL Muay Thai club Louth Thai are delighted to have received support from local business MGI Marketing Ltd, which will allow local athletes to train and compete with elite competitors in Thailand - the home of Thai boxing.
MGI Marketing, which will provide funds for travel to the Far East, is owned and operated by Louth Thai member Mark Goodman who has trained with and competed for the club for the last number of years at both amateur and professional level, while also developing a business in China.
'Louth Thai was the reason I went to Asia in the first place,' he explained.
'This sport showed me the level of commitment and determination required to make it to a professional level and also the benefits which young people can gain from the sport.
'My eyes were opened to a whole new and exciting world in the Far East and I was lucky enough to develop and sell off a successful business from China within just two years. The objective of this fund is to give something back to the sport and club which has given me so much.'
The funds will be used to sponsor novice and professional fighters' travel, accommodation and training expenses for one month at one of Bangkok's top-ranked gyms.
Starting in January 2013, Louth Thai - based in Castlebellingham - will launch the International Fighter's League, a concept designed to promote new talent and grow the sport in the county. Novice and professional fighters will compete in shows around Ireland and those fighters who achieve the best results for the season will win the chance to travel to Thailand.
Louth Thai is Ireland's leading Thai Boxing gym and claims to have more champions, trophies and belts than any other club in the country. In 2010 the club was voted 'Gym of the Year' by the Irish Muay Thai Council.