Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club honoured at Mayoral Reception
The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club was honoured at a mayoral reception at City Hall by the Mayor of the City of Galway, Councillor Donal Lyons on Friday April 10th.
Galway City Council hosted the members of the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing club and their coach Pete Foley in recognition of their unprecedented success last October at the Unified World Martial Arts Championships in Tuscany in Italy.
A team of six fighters from the Black Dragon Kickboxing club travelled from Galway and won a total of five gold medals, two silver and one bronze. The championship, which was dubbed "The Olympics Of Martial Arts" was the largest Martial Arts Tournament in history and attracted some 10,000 competitors from 120 countries over 5 continents, with the Black Dragon Kickboxers not only representing Galway on the international sporting stage but becoming world champions in the process.
The Mayor commended of the athletes for their efforts in bringing international sporting recognition to the west of Ireland:
"These hard working Galwegians are a credit and an inspiration to us all here in the City of the Tribes. These sporting ambassadors for Ireland can hold their heads high today and in the future as they continue to represent their country on the world stage."
The following club members were honoured at the Mayoral Reception:
Gary Manogue from Castlepark met England in the final of the men's kickboxing -71kg category and won by Kick Knockout in the very first round to become the Unified, Undisputed World Champion.
Charlie Ward from Ballybane met a fighter from the Lebanon (who won the 2012 World Title in Florida) in the final of the -67kg category and Charlie beat him by unanimous decision to become the Unified, Undisputed World Champion.
Saoirse Joyce from Knocknacarra (originally from Tuam) won the under 18 years -60kg World Title by Defeating England in the final.
Paul Huish from Knocknacarra was narrowly defeated by Spain in an excellent fight and won a bronze medal.
Leona Trautt from Renmore was edged out by Ukraine (the eventual winner) and achieved fourth in the World.
Alex Fitzpatrick from Tuam took Gold in the under 12's in division one and Silver in Division two of the World Championship.
Pete Foley – who was responsible for coaching and mentoring these great athletes to achieve such outstanding success on the world stage.