National champ Clare honoured by the IABA

CALLAN boxing club member, Clare Grace (pictured) was honoured at the IABA annual awards night in the Green Isle hotel, Dublin, on Friday.

CALLAN boxing club member, Clare Grace (pictured) was honoured at the IABA annual awards night in the Green Isle hotel, Dublin, on Friday.

She was one of three ladies, along with Katie Taylor, to receive a national award from the IABA for her achievements over the past year. During the season Clare won four national titles, including the Elite senior crown.

She also made her international debut, and her bout against Holland in March, which was the first women’s international boxing tournament to be held in Ireland, was one of the most outstanding ladies fights this year. Clare also partnered Katie Taylor on the international team.

Currently she is busy with her studies in sports health and science at Dublin City University. During her stay in Dublin, Clare trains with the St Saviours club under the watchful eye of John McCormack, one of Ireland’s top coaches, who is well known to the Callan club.

However, on her weekend returns to Callan, Clare can be found training hard in the Callan boxing club with head coach and mentor, Jimmy Welsh.

The Callan club had a most delightful win at the weekend in the Michael Andrews memorial tournament when C.J. Houlihan from Grangemockler captured the Boy 1 31kgs title with a 9-6 win. C.J. is another of Callan’s up and coming boxers.

Callan has two ladies, Paige O’Keeffe and Nora Doyle taking part in the Michael Andrews memorial on November 19. It is hoped that they too will make their mark on this tournament. All these tournament dates and results can be found on the club’s website at www.callanboxingclub.com.