Katie Taylor may well have shown the way for a new generation of young girls who dream the big dream of being a world champion boxer and last weekend for one Ballyheigue girl that dream took one step closer.
Sarah Griffin boxing out of the Ballyduff Amateur Boxing club defeated Loughshore BC fighter Katie Rose Lavery to be crowned national girl 1 champion, a first for the club.
Local TD John Brassil told the large homecoming at Ballyheigue that it just took 30 years to be an overnight success, referring to the years of hard work by John O’Regan the founder of the club.
Sarah’s national title follows on the clubs success with Shane Murphy and Jack Galway
Sarah would like to thank all those who turned out to welcome her home last night in Ballyheigue and Ballyduff. She would also like to thank Collette for looking after her hair during the championship and the final, all her teachers in Bouleehshere National School and to all the coaches and other boxers in Ballyduff Boxing Club for their support and encouragement.
She would also like to thank her opponent in the final, Katie Rose Lavery and her club Loughshore A.B.C club for their agreement to move the fight to yesterday as the original date clashed with Sarah’s Confirmation. Finally she thanked John O Regan, in particular. John has been coaching Sarah since she began boxing at 8 years of age and his passion for boxing and his belief and commitment to all the boxers of the club is evident in the ethos of the club.