Young boxing champion Adrianna McMullan could benefit in her bid to follow in the footsteps of Olympic gold winning heroine Katie Taylor in a funding drive to aid her local boxing club in Banbridge.
Fourteen-year-old Adrianna is an Irish champion, one of many produced down the years by theBanbridge amateur club and now two local political heavyweights have stepped in to fight their corner.
Ulster Unionist Euro MP Jim Nicholson and MLA Jo-Anne Dobson recenlty visited the club and pledged to help secure funding to improve facilities.
Upper Bann MLA Jo_Anne said: “Banbridge Boxing Club provides a magnificent springboard for our local young sporting talent.
“Following on from the tremendous London 2012 Olympics it is only right that we look towards putting in place a solid legacy for our future world and Olympic boxing champions.
“I have met with representatives from the cross community Banbridge club on previous occasions and am extremely supportive of their hard work and efforts to secure improved facilities for this highly successful local sport.
“The club has a proud history of nurturing local champions since 1933 and I was delighted to welcome Sport NI’s commitment earlier this year to provide funding for new facilities for the club.
“Alongside Jim Nicholson, I am now engaged in identifying other funding opportunities which could deliver much needed help with the fixtures and fittings of the new club. A little funding can go such a long way and I know that the members and committee are fully focused on the future of their sport in Banbridge.
“Sporting organisations such as this club deserve wide community support and I would pay particular tribute to all those dedicated volunteers who give their time and provide us with award winning local champions.”
Jim Nicholson added: “Anyone visiting the club could not be more impressed by the number of titles won including Adrianna who won the National Title.
“I am fully commited to finding ways in which Europe can give the necessary assistance to secure the future of clubs and societies, like this one, which offer so much to local communities across Northern Ireland.”