Thursday 14 November 2019

'Dream come true' for golden girl Donna

Ralph Riegel

IRELAND'S youngest world champion arrived home to a hero's welcome and a special hug from her thrilled parents.

Junior Cert student Donna O'Mahony (15) made history by taking a gold medal in the junior category at the World Tae Kwon Do championships in Birmingham in the UK.

Incredibly, the young girl from Midleton, Co Cork, became a world champion despite having taken up the martial art just two years ago.

She now wants to emulate Katie Taylor and represent Ireland in the sport at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"I am so, so proud of her – she deserves all the credit because she achieved this entirely herself," said Donna's delighted mother Noreen.

A visibly thrilled Donna said she was stunned by her success.

"I had hoped to do well and I trained very hard but this is a dream come true," she said.

It was an incredible championship not just for Team Ireland but also for Midleton Tae Kwon Do club with two other club members, Dominika Matczak and Natalia Hefkaluk, both taking bronze medals in team events in Birmingham.

Donna also took a silver medal after agreeing to participate in a team event.

Irish Independent

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