Donegal has a double celebration after head coach Paddy Toland was voted World Kickboxing Promoter of the Year and Natalie McCarron named Female Kickboxer of the Year, by the World Governing Body ISKA.
The International Sports Kickboxing Association (ISKA) judging panel gave the duo from PT’s Gym and Fitness Centre in Carrigans their award.
Toland has played a massive success in the promoting kickboxing in Ireland and the and UK, and this award will go down as a great testament to all the work he has put in.
Carrigans lady McCarron was overcome when she heard news of her outstanding achievement. Last year, she had the most successful year by any standards, firstly winning the ISKA Professional Bantamweight title in July in Western Super Mare, England in front of Sky TV cameras to become Ireland’s first ever women’s professional kickboxing champion.
Then, in November, she won the ISKA World Professional Super-flyweight title by beating Denmark’s Helene Njorth Nielsen in Letterkenny.
To round the year off, McCarron was honoured for her achievement with a government reception with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin.
Both will now look to continue their success in St Columb’s Hall, Derry on March 31, when McCarron will fight for a third world title against Andree Warbrick for the ISKA Professional World Flyweight title. If McCarron is successful, she will be the first ever professional kickboxer to hold three world titles at the same time.
“They both put so much into their sport and community in Derry and Donegal, they 100 per cent deserve their awards,” said PRO for PT’s Gym, Sean McGill.
Tickets are still available from any PT’s Kickboxing Gym, Derry, Carrigans, Muff or Killygordon, or by calling 086-0596973.