Nineteen fighters all set for world championships
IT'S ANOTHER great achievement for the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts and its club members who have stepped up their game to compete at world level at the World Kickboxing and Karate Championships which are due to be held in Marina di Carrara, Italy, from October 29 to November 3.
A total of 19 fighters have qualified from the Wexford Academy and have been chosen to compete as part of an elite squad which consists of Ireland's best fighters from all around the country.
The Wexford Academy, along with their coach and Ireland's W.K.A. President, Billy Murphy, travelled to Waterford on Sunday week last where all 19 fighters had to compete to not only secure their place on the Irish team, but eliminate their competition as the winners would be crowned national champions for 2013.
The Wexford Academy had a total of nine Junior fighters: Craig Browne (first place), Dylan Mooney (first place), Jack Browne (first place), Josh Carley (third place), Dylan Donnelly (first place), Lee Dempsey (second place), Lyndsey Scallan (first place), Aaron Stafford (first place) and Daryl Roche (third place).
All nine fighters showed the huge potential that the Wexford Academy has to offer and all of them are immensely looking forward to representing their country for the first time.
Ten Senior members of the club have also qualified to compete at the World Championships. Alice Power (first place in light and full contact), Trina Cleary (second place in light contact), Fiona McNeil (first place in light and full contact), Stephen Gibson (first place in full contact and second place in light contact), Danny Hamilton (first place in light contact and second place in full contact), John Power (first place in light and full contact), Alan Lawlor (first place in full contact and second place in light contact), Anthony Kavanagh (first place in light contact and second place in full contact), Gary Dillon (first place in light contact), and Sonny Browne (first place in light contact). Each and every fighter showed great determination to place on the Irish team which is great testament to Billy and his team for turning out such superb athletes.
The fighters are eagerly anticipating their world debuts and Billy, being Team Ireland's chief coach, hopes that Ireland as a whole will bring back medals, but hopes that his club fighters can bring back the goods for Ireland and the county of Wexford.