West Cork martial artists honoured

Posted on: 8th February, 2016

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

The Cork Martial Arts Promotions (CMAP) Awards Ceremony, being held this year on February 6, honours the achievements of County Cork’s Martial Artists. Fourteen awards will be presented this year, three of which will honour West Cork champions.

Bantry’s Lily De La Cour, a member of the West Cork Kickboxing club, claims the ‘Senior Female Competitor of the year’ award for the second year in a row. “Lily De La Cour received the award last year, and she’s back again. I’d say that was unbelievable, but then I know Lily well enough not to underestimate her, she truly is a champion. She said she wanted to come back and win again, and to do so she planned to win the senior all Ireland championships, and get on to the senior Irish team, and to win a medal at the WAKO championships, and she did it,” comments Leonard Coughlan CMAP director.

Niamh Looney of Muskerry Judo Sambo Club takes this year’s ‘Junior Female Competitor of the year’ award. “Niamh Looney has fought above her weight and age in the last two years. Ever since she was a kid, her determination has surpassed all others, she has given the most dedication and hard work of anyone I’ve ever seen, and I’ve trained all over the world. It’s great for her to get this award,” says her coach, Mr Manning.

This year’s ‘CMAP Junior Boy Competitor of the year’ award goes to Dylan O’Callaghan, Bandon Taekwon-Do Academy. Dylan got his blackbelt at age 15 and is a four times gold medallist in the last year. “He’s doing TKD with 11 years; he lives and breathes it, goes to the club three times a week, as well as his own training at home; he’s at it all the time, and has won a lot of competitions. It’s good to get this award, he deserves such an achievement after all the work he’s put in,” comments Dylan’s mum Jane O’Callaghan..

Leonard Coughlan from Kinsale, the founder of CMAP, runs an academy of Tae Kwon Do Schools in Bandon and Mahon. Leonard has seen first-hand how involvement in these sports disciplines has shaped lives for the better, and how one success story can inspire another, or how one coach can have a positive effect on so many lives. Discipline, respect for ourselves and others, hard work, determination, these are the lessons to be learnt along with the skills and physical abilities taught in his schools, and in this sports world in general.

The evening has always been a great success with more clubs and varying disciplines coming together each year to see the video compilations and award speeches. This is a moving and inspirational community event and has many memorable moments every year.  The event is based on the CMAP motto ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.’

The CMAP awards ceremony takes place at The Gresham Metropole Hotel, from 7 to 11pm on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

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