We were delighted to welcome our fantastic World Champion, leaving certificate pupil Cliona D’Arcy, back to Gort Community school recently.  Clíona is Ireland’s latest world boxing champion after winning the gold medal at the World Championships in La Nucia, Spain. She is the current European Youth champion and becomes the first Irish female boxer at win a gold medal at World Youth (U18) level.

A member of the Tobar Pheadair Boxing Club, she has looked assured throughout the competition.

This was again the case in the gold medal bout against India’s Kirti Kirti who lacked nothing in effort or commitment.

But Clíona picked her off at will and her superior skills and ability to land scoring punches meant she controlled the fight on her way to a 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 win.

There was over 1000 pupils and teachers out, along with her parents, Richie and Dawn and several elected representatives including Minister Anne Rabbitte, Ciaran Cannon TD, Cathaoirleach of Galway Michael Maher and Councillors Joe Byrne, Martina Kinane and Gerry Finnerty to welcome Clíona back.

Well done Clíona, we are all very proud of you and your achievements.