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Irish kickboxer(18) crowned Champion of Europe - for the second time


Dublin kickboxer Lauren Bradshaw(18) has won her second European kickboxing title.

Bradshaw, from Cabra, was defending her 2013 title at the recent World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) European Championships in the Basque region of San Sebastian.

Bradsaw beat out competition from the national champions of Croatia, Britain and Germany in order to hold on to her champion title.

Her coach, Jon Mackey, told Independent.ie that Bradshaw is a "fantastic young woman who continues to amaze me every time she steps into the ring".

“Lauren has been training with me since she was seven years of age. This second title is an accumulation of over ten years hard work and commitment to her sport".

"Teenagers can be more preoccupied with Facebook and taking selfies than realising their unlocked potential at sport. Lauren is one of a few young athletes that have broken the social norms, for that alone she will inspire others to do likewise".

Bradshaw continues on to the WAKO World Championships as part of the Irish senior squad. The competition will be held in Citywest, Dublin, this November.

Bradshaw trains in the Red Star Kickboxing Club in Glasnevin and competes in the 70kg kickboxing category.

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