Tuesday 16 July 2019

Robyn hopeful of capturing a fourth world kickboxing title in Manchester

Minister Paul Kehoe with Robyn Butler
Minister Paul Kehoe with Robyn Butler

Pádraig Byrne

As she heads off to Manchester this weekend, remarkably, Enniscorthy native Robyn Butler will be vying for her fourth world kickboxing title at the still tender age of 14.

Robyn has shown a remarkable aptitude and ability in the sport, since being introduced to it by her father Owen at the age of just seven. Since then she has gone on to become a true master of the craft, winning several Irish titles, European titles and culminating in her three world titles to date. As she heads off to the WKC World Karate and Kickboxing Championships this weekend, she is focused on making that four.

'She's been doing it for about seven years now,' said proud father Owen. 'I'd have been involved in kickboxing myself and I brought her over training and she loved it. She's fighting with the Enniscorthy Dragons and she's going to get her black belt at the weekend too, which will mean she's at the very top level. She's a great little fighter.'

Ahead of her trip, Robyn stopped by the office of local TD Paul Kehoe who has provided sponsorship for the young fighter for the last number of years. Owen says that the Minister has always shown great support to Robyn and they are very grateful. For his part, Minister Kehoe wished the teenager all the best and hoped to welcome her back with yet another world title.

In relation to the tournament, Robyn remains focused.

'She'd never really get nervous,' said Owen. 'She's always confident and she gets in there and does her job. Win or lose, that's how we are.'

Enniscorthy Guardian