Seven fighters from the West Cork Kickboxing Club competed at the Irish Open International Kickboxing Championships held in Dublin recently. This year’s Open Championship was the biggest to-date with just under 4,000 fighters registering to compete. This Open Championship is one of the world’s largest with fighters travelling from as far afield as New Zealand and America to take part.
Lily de la Cour secured two gold medals at the event in the -50kg and -55kg categories. Lily fought superbly beating Spanish and Austrian fighters on her way to the -50kg final, where she fought tremendously to beat her French opponent. In the -55kg category Lily successfully overcame Irish and English fighters in the quarter and semi-finals, and achieved her second Gold when her Welsh opponent was disqualified in the final.
Toby Bermueller and John McAteer were in action in the Full Contact category with Toby taking Silver and John taking Bronze in their respective categories. Deirdre Begley, Sean Begley, Catherine McGregor, and Dave Slaney were also in action at these Championships, with Sean and Dave enjoying their first Kickboxing Open Championship. Mike Stephenson and Shane Begley were the two referees’s representing the Club at the Championships. National Team Coach and West Cork Kickboxing Head Coach was very pleased with his fighter’s performances and results. This part of the season tends to be one of the busiest for Ian and the club with the Irish Open, and the Junior and Senior National Championships all happening within an eight week period.