Sligo's Caradh O'Donovan has continued her success on the international Kickboxing scene, winning two gold medals at the Irish Open in Citywest, Dublin.
Caradh's first gold came in the Ladies team event. This was the first year ever that a Ladies Team event was included in the Irish Open and Caradh took part with the newly formed ASG Europe Team alongside Charlie Maddock from England and her long time team mate Shauna Bannon from Tallaght Martial Arts.
This was a fantastic achievement as this was the first time that the team had fought together as a unit and to go down in history as the first ever winners of this event makes the victory even more special.
Next up for Caradh was the individual Black Belt Point Fighting Division.
She was competing in the -55kg category which had almost 40 competitors taking part. She continued her good form from the team event by defeating opponents from England, Ireland and Germany before reaching the semi-finals against Giada Semenzato from Italy. Caradh's superior skill shone through in the deciding round and gave her a comfortable victory in the end. This set her up for a night time final against Yaz Anderson, an extremely experienced and talented fighter from Scotland.
Caradh pulled away from her opponent in the final few seconds giving her victory by a two point margin in the end and with that her second Irish Open Title of 2013. This is fantastic achievement for Caradh and Coach Dave Heffernan.
Caradh is now back in preparation for more upcoming local and national competitions, starting with the National Kickboxing Championships taking place later this month.
The winner of these Championships will represent Ireland in this year's WAKO World Championships in Turkey in December.