Martial Arts Sports Scholars enjoy more medal success

IT Sligo Sports Scholarship students enjoyed more medal success in kickboxing and karate at recent national events.

Three students won medals at Kickboxing’s Irish Open in the City West Conference Centre in Dublin. This is the biggest International club competition in Europe, with over 4000 competitors taking part.

There was a double gold medal success for Dessie Leonard in the -69Kg and -74kg categories.

Michael Whelan won bronze in the -54kg full contact event, and Alexandra Block also collected a bronze medal in the -65kg continuous category.

It was also a successful weekend for the Institute’s Karate team at the Intervarsity tournament in GMIT. Liam Codd, another of IT Sligo’s current Sports Scholarship recipients, won gold in the senior men’s open weight kumite shobu ippon section. This is the third consecutive year that Liam has won this title.

Another IT Sligo student Colm McTiernan, a first-time competitor at these championships, struck gold in the junior men’s open weight category.

The Sports Scholarship scheme has been in operation at IT Sligo since 2003. It provides financial and mentoring support to athletes of outstanding talent, many of whom may have already represented IT Sligo, their county or Ireland in their respective sports.

Recipients are supported by IT Sligo in keeping up their sporting commitments at the same time as pursuing their educational commitments and goals.

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(L-R) IT Sligo Sports Scholarship students Michael Whelan, Dessie Leonard and Alexandra Block, who were all medal winners at Kickboxing’s Irish Open in Dublin.

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