Friday, 10 August 2012

Bray held its breath for Katie’s gold: Cllr John Brady.

Wicklow Sinn Féin councillor, John Brady, congratulated Katie Taylor
on her Olympic gold medal victory and said that the town of Bray held
its breath waiting for the judges’ decision.

 “Success does not come easy and here in Bray, the people who know her
best know that Katie worked hard and long for her wonderful

“Everyone in the town was here watching on the big screens in
Ballywaltrim and we held our breath waiting for the decision. When the
ref raised her hand, the roar that went up from the crowd of over
10,000 was phenomenal and it wasn’t just joy, it was relief too. It
was such a hard bout.

“Anyone who thinks that women’s boxing is some kind of paler version
of the men’s sport, got their answer. Her opponent was tough but Katie
had the beating of her and we are as proud as punch here in her home
town, her home county,” he said.

“I am delighted for Katie her dad Pete and her mum Bridget and all the
family. I know the hard work they all have put in over the years to
see this dream come true. I hope now the powers to be will sit up and
start investing in sports such as boxing and that facilities will be
put in place. It has been a battle in the past to get recognition for
Bray Boxing club and many obstacles had been put in place over the
years and I am glad that I supported Pete and the club over many years
and succeeded in securing their gym at Bray harbour and indeed more
recently getting the toilets and showers installed”

Cllr Brady concluded “Katie is a great role model for many thousands
of children and she has showed that anyone irrespective where they
might come from can have and dream and see it come true. She has done
the Oldcourt Estate, Ballywaltrim, Bray, Wicklow and indeed Ireland
proud and I am looking forward to welcoming her Pete and Bridget home
to Bray on Monday next” Ends

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