SLIGO'S GREEN Dragon Club enhanced its already well-established reputation with an all-conquering performance at the World Kickboxing Association World Championships in Tuscany, Italy.
The club sent a 27-strong team to the Championships and returned with a spectacular haul of 103 medals, including a remarkable 38 gold. The medals were won in four disciplines -- Traditional Karate, Point Karate, kickboxing and wado-Ryu Kata.
Liam Codd came home with a hat-trick of gold medals, two in Points Karate and one in Traditional Karate. He also won a silver in kickboxing and a bronze in traditional karate.
Reece Lynch was also a treble gold medal winner while Kayleigh O'Donnell and Ronan Sweeney, who was returning to action after injury, also won three gold medals each.
Lubo Shusterovi won three gold and two bronze medals while Ciaran Theile also came home with three gold and a silver
Aisling Sweeney and Aoise McHenry, who were only taught katra six weeks before the Championships, reached the final in the pairs in this discipline and came home with silver medals. Aoise also won a silver medal in individual kata.
Orla McNabola marked her first appearance in the World Championship with two gold and two silver medals while Noah O'Kane struck a double gold as well as taking a sivler medal.
Tara Duggan was another competitior who enjoyed a great tournament, winning three gold and four silver while her younger sister, Keavy, won three gold, one sivler and two bronze medals.
There were two gold medals and a silver for Evan Oates while Aoise Henry won three gold, two silver and two bronze.
Another gold medal winner was Derrell Lynch who also came home with two silver medals. David Seery, competing in the World event for the first time, won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal while Mahon Meldrum claimed two silver and one bronze.
Conor Sweeney put up a heroic performance to reach three finals but had to settle for silver in each.
The youngest member of the Green Dragon team, Michael O'Shea, aged 8, won a bronze medal while other club members among the medals were Ewan Langrish (one silver, one bronze), Nyah Meldrum (one silver, three bronze), Aimee McGloin (one silver and three bronze), Courtney Farrell (one silver and three bronze) and Roarke Toal (one bronze)
The Green Dragon Club is now setting its sights on the English Open Champiohships which take place in Birmingham on April 6th.
Green Dragon classes are held in the Mercy College Hall on Tuesdays from 8-9pm and on Sundays from 12-1.30pm. Further information is available at 086 6081839.