TWO of Portlaoise’s finest boxers flew to Germany on to participate in a multi-nations international training camp at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Centre in Kienbaum.
It is at this training camp they will complete their final preparations before flying to Ekaterinburg in Russia to compete in the world championships.
Both boxer are at the peak of their game. They have both earned their places on merit, having produced outstanding performances on the international arena at major international tournaments.
Michael Nevin beat three world class opponents in the European Senior Elite Championships this year winning a bronze medal. His club mate, Wayne Kelly did similar, competing on a different pathway.
He won a bronze medal at the prestigious Ukrainian Multi-Nations Tournament. There was a total of 32 boxers in Wayne’s category. He had to box, four days in a row to win his bronze medal.
Boxing continuously for four days in a row is a testament to Wayne’s resilience and perseverance. His desire to perform and win is relentless. Wayne is a native of Westmeath where he boxed with the Ballynacarrigy boxing club coached by his father, Milly.
Wayne transferred to the Portlaoise boxing club a number of years ago at the request and with the full agreement from his father and the Ballynacarrigy boxing club. The move has proven to be very successful for Wayne, Ballynacarrigy boxing club and Portlaoise boxing club,as he continues to progress and develop as a Senior Elite International Boxer.
Both of these boxers are on a mission, to box and represent Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics and win medals for Ireland. They are both excellent candidates.