Abbeyfeale fighter takes gold in Rome as dad Damian scoops silver

Kori displaying her World title belt, with dad Damian
Kori displaying her World title belt, with dad Damian
Kori Goad and her dad Damian disembark at Kerry Airport to a hero's return as family, friends and supporters fly the national colours for the World Champion. Kori took gold in Rome in the WFM World Championships with dad Damian taking silver in an incredible performance by the Abbeyfeale duo. Pictured at the Airport with Kori and Damian are Breda and Nell O'Grady, Maria Goad, World WFM President, Mike O'Brien, Zoe O'Brien, Shannon O'Grady, Tara O'Brien and Luke O'Connor

Fergus Dennehy

A 14-year-old Abbeyfeale girl, along with her father, have returned home from Rome as World Champions this week after they claimed title belts in both kickboxing and boxing respectively.

Kori Goad, who has been training with her dad, Damian, in kickboxing since she was eight years old and boxing for the past six months, claimed her first ever world titles after fighting in the WFM World Championships on July 1 and 2.

Incredibly, Kori's opponent in her own age category pulled out of their fight, which meant that Kori was forced to step up into the Senior Category, where she fought two 19 years in both kickboxing and boxing.

"She went and beat the both of them," said Kori's dad, Damian, talking to The Kerryman on Monday."

"When Kori hits, she hits like a train. If you met her outside the ring, she's as quiet and shy as anything, but when the gloves go on, it's a different ball game with her."

"She's just overwhelmed, especially with the boxing, when she finished that fight, she just burst straight into tears, the emotion was just incredible."

"There's a lot of lows in this game you know, but to be fair to her, she's only 14 years old, she's sacrificed a lot. She trains six times a week with me, travels to championships, goes to the high performance unit in boxing every Saturday morning - she puts the work in," he continued.

Damian was celebrating his own personal victory after he claimed his sixth world medal, an even more impressive achievment when you find out that at 45, he was the oldest fighter in the competition.

"I might have missed out on the holy grail of the gold medal this time around but you dust yourself off and get straight back into it. I've another few years left in me. I guess I'm just too stubborn to give up," he laughed.

On Kori, Damian has no doubt that the future is bright for his daughter.

"These are the first of many world titles for her, without the shadow of a doubt, watch this space."


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