Young Offaly kickboxer ready to take on the world

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Young Offaly kickboxer ready to take on the world

Naoise Colvin and Conor McGlinchey

Naoise Colvin from Edenderry, Co Offaly is once again aiming high on the international kickboxing scene.

On September 16, along with Carbury's Conor McGlinchey, Naoise will be flying to Venice, Italy for the WAKO World kickboxing Championships.

Naoise will be fighting in the -47kg older cadet girls and Conor will be fighting in the -79kg junior boys.

Over the last couple of months they have been training six times a week, sometimes twice a day. Both Conor and Naoise's work ethic and dedication are exemplary.

Conor, who is the current European champion will also be fighting in the senior WAKO championships in November. Both athletes train with Dave Heffernan and Martin Bannon in Tallaght Martial Arts.

Conor is also a member of the American Team Proper and is planning to head to San Francisco in order to train and compete for this academic year before he heads to college next year.

Naoise is a valued member of Team Smack run by Patrick White and often represents them in numerous national and international events. Naoise is entering her junior cert year and will be carefully balancing work and study.

Although Irish kickboxers are some of the most successful Irish athletes, they still do not receive government funding. In order to represent their country, they have to do their own fundraising.

If any local businesses wish to support these young athletes, feel free to contact emiliejohnson99@msn.com

We wish them the best of skills at the World Championships!