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Boxing packs a punch for community pride

Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has hosted a reception for the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) in Parliament Buildings.

The event was attended by the IABA men’s squad who are currently training at the Sports Institute based at University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Speaking before the reception the Minister said: “The reputation of Irish boxing continues to grow, building on the medal haul from last year’s Olympics, the team recently finished second in the overall ranking for the 2013 European Championship in Belarus. I look forward to supporting the team next year in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“The personal commitment and dedication of the squad and coaching team is to be both applauded and admired. Boxing clubs are an integral part of the communities they are based in. Clubs and sport participation are a vital component in building community pride and helping to achieve community cohesion. By building the self esteem and confidence of our young people we can help to address the long term issues of promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion.

“I am sure the athletes will also agree their success would not be possible without the support and tuition they receive from their coaches and backroom staff. Without their expertise there would be no medals or podium places. They are also the people who nurture young talent enabling young people to achieve. I would like to congratulate and thank them as well.”

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