The Olympic flame flickered out on another memorable and eventful Olympiad for Irish boxing in Nanjing, China today.
Ciara Ginty, Michael Gallagher, Christina Desmond, Irish team manager Stephen Connolly and Irish coach Billy McClean attended today’s closing ceremony for the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, along with Team Ireland athletes and officials.
Ginty and Gallagher claimed silver and bronze at the Games, a double which, combined with Ryan Burnett’s gold medal win at the 1st edition of the Games in Singapore in 2010, ensured that Irish boxing has never failed to win a medal at the Youth Olympics.
Team Ireland boxing manager Stephen Connolly hailed the performances of the squad and Irish coach Billy McClean and Irish coach Gerry Storey today.
Ireland was represented by 16 athletes in 7 sports and 14 performance support staff in Nanjing. 3,500 athletes competed in 28 sports over a 12-day period at the Games.
Irish boxing has now won two gold, three silver and five bronze medals at the 2008,2010,2012 and 2014 Olympics and Youth Olympics.
Remarkably, Irish women’s boxing has never failed to win a medal at either the Olympics or Youth Olympics as the female version of the noble art made its Olympic debut at London 2012.
Irish women’s boxing is proudly sponsored by Quick Park of Dublin Airport.
Team Ireland are due to return home via Dublin Airport on Saturday 30th August at 12.00 noon on Flight EK161 from Dubai (Terminal 2).