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Danielle Smithers of Swords BC proudly wears her gold medal following victory in her final at the Esker All-Female Box Cup.

Danielle Smithers of Swords BC proudly wears her gold medal following victory in her final at the Esker All-Female Box Cup.

Doireann Scully did well in her first competitive bout for Swords BC at the Esker All-Female Box Cup.

Doireann Scully did well in her first competitive bout for Swords BC at the Esker All-Female Box Cup.

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Danielle Smithers of Swords BC proudly wears her gold medal following victory in her final at the Esker All-Female Box Cup.

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SWORDS BC’s Danielle Smithers has been celebrating after striking gold at the recent Esker All-Female International Box Cup, a renowned tournament which saw more than 400 boxers from 14 countries compete for medals.

In her semi-final bout Smithers beat a Dublin champion who was also an All-Ireland runner-up, and she then proved too strong for a highly regarded southpaw from East Meath in the decider.

Smithers’ achievement is all the more impressive because she had only previously had one competitive bout before the tournament.

Praising the young boxer, the club’s head coach David Byrne said: “Danielle really performed brilliantly against more experienced opponents.

“We’ve really tested Danielle the last few months with strong sparring and it’s paid off for her.

“Female boxing is thriving the past few years, with some very talented boxers coming out of Ireland, so there’s great opportunities for young female boxers.

“Danielle comes from a boxing family. Her father Dean coaches with the club and puts a lot of time into Danielle’s boxing development, and her brother Dean also currently boxes with us, so there is a great support network for her to develop further.

“She is a great prospect for the future for Swords BC.”

Doireann Scully also represented the club at the tournament but was beaten in her semi-final bout against a strong opponent, in what was a very tough and close bout for both girls.

This was also Scully’s first competitive bout, which was a great learning and development experience and opportunity and she will surely grow from the experience.

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“Well done to both girls who showed a lot of heart at the tournament and should be very proud of themselves, as we all are at Swords BC,” head coach Byrne concluded.

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