These are the pictures all Sean McDermott Boxing club members, boxing fans and indeed anyone with an interest in Leitri sport - Glenade's Déarbhla Rooney with her Youth Olympic bronze medal!
Thanks to Sportfile and Team Ireland for some lovely photos of Déarbhla and speaking before she received her medal, Déarbhla said “I’m absolutely over the moon, if you told me this time last year, I’d never have believed I’d be on the Youth Olympic team, let alone be coming away with a bronze medal.”
Déarbhla missed out on the gold medal bout, defeated by the eventual champion from Thailand, Panpatchara Somnuek, “I was heartbroken yesterday after losing in the semis to Thailand, but she’s a very strong girl, she stopped the Slovakian three-time European Champion in the bout before me. She also stopped me in the worlds beforehand – so it is a positive I’m up there with the best in the world it just made me come back and win the bronze.”
Seventeen-year-old Rooney has been passionate about boxing since taking it up aged eleven, “I started when I was eleven, my brother was going in to do a bit of boxing, so I said I’d go along with him. I picked it up fast and enjoyed the training. I won my first all-Ireland that year.”
“Thanks so much to everyone who supported me, there’s so many people, my club coaches, my sponsors, and everyone as well.”
Rooney’s family travelled to watch her compete in Buenos Aires, after winning her medal, Rooney said, “I haven’t really been talking to them yet, but I could hear them definitely, the loudest ones here. Lauren [Kelly] is brilliant at supporting, and so is the rest of the Irish team, a big thank you to them as well.”
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