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Tiernan Bradley says thanks on route to the top

By Robert Jones

Tiernan Bradley, an 18-year old student from Omagh, is the latest young sportsperson to have been awarded the Rainbow Communications Sports Award in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.

The Sacred Heart College student took up boxing at the age of eight and attributes his passion for the sport to his family having grown up watching them taking part.

"My granda was a boxer and a coach as my dad still coaches, so I grew up around boxing and always enjoyed watching the fight. My brothers all box, so the sport really is in my blood.

"I enjoy boxing as it has a great discipline attached to it and I love the feeling of training hard and getting a win. You train as part of a team or club but when you are in the ring you are on your own, so it is up to you, but you know you always have the support of that team or club behind you.

"My short-term goal is to represent Northern Ireland in the Youth Commonwealths and my goal for the future is taking part in the Olympics which is why I am so grateful to Rainbow Communications and the Mary Peters Trust for their support. I am going to use my bursary to help with specialist training and equipment which will help me towards my goals," Tiernan added.

Stuart Carson, from Rainbow Communications, said: "It is fantastic to see the passion the three generations of the Bradley family have for boxing. I am confident Tiernan is on the road to success."

Dame Mary Peters added: "We have given awards to many successful boxers along the way including Olympic Bronze medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan so we expect great things from Tiernan."

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