Thursday, May 09, 2019

Rachel Lawless with her coaches Ray Lawless (left) and Pat Ryan

AT the recent National Women’s Senior Cadet Championships held at the National Stadium, Dublin, Rachel Lawless, Portlaoise boxing club, won the Junior 2 Class(15years) national title in the 52kg category.
Rachel’s opponent, Shakira Donohue from Thurles boxing club was the holder of three national titles and a very formidable opponent. However, Rachel gave a top class performance and won all rounds on the judges score cards earning a unanimous decision.
This achievement booked Rachel’s place on the National Women’s Senior Cadet Boxing Team who will compete in the European Senior Cadet Championships in Romania next month.
This of course will not be a new adventure for Rachel. Last year after winning her first national title, she competed in the European Championships in Russia and lost out to the eventual silver medallist Elen Lucia Ayari of Italy. The experience of competing in these championship’s will stand to Rachel when she competes in this year’s European Championships.
Rachel’s progress in her chosen sport has been steady and progressive. Having started in the sport of boxing at 11 years of age, she won her first Leinster title and lost out at the quarter-final stage at the All Ireland’s. At the age of 12 she won her second Leinster title and lost out at the semi-final stage of the All Ireland’s, and at 13 years of age she lost in the All Ireland final.
It wasn’t until the age of 14 that Rachel made her breakthrough. She is now the holder of three national titles, five Leinster titles and five county titles. It is Rachel’s perseverance, commitment and desire to win that are some of the traits, along with many more,unique that have assisted with her achievements to date.
Rachel has great support from her fellow club members, coaches and parents Eimear and Ray, who is a also a member of the coaching staff in the Portlaoise Boxing Club.
The Portlaoise Boxing Club continues to grow and develop on many fronts. The facility purchased in 2014 has now grown from strength to strength, and is currently completing an extension to house multiple rings for the future growth of boxing.
The cub have a very special system and unique method of training. It has been a successful formula that has had huge success, producing many champions in all categories, past, present and hopefully into the future.
Rachel’s preparation and regime of training is complex, intense and very well planned to address all her needs. There are a number of planned training camps to assist with her preparation, to have her in peak condition, that will enable her to perform at the highest level.
A special word of thanks to all of her training partners and sparring partners for their input and contribution. Also, the support of officials, trainers, coaches and all of the other members, who contribute in so many different ways, for their dedication and hard work, in assisting Rachel with her success.

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