European Women’s squad named

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neil
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have named a  nine-strong squad for next month’s European Senior Women’s Championships in  Holland.
Lightweight Katie Taylor, the current AIBA World  champion, will be aiming for her fifth 60Kg gold medal in-a-row at the  Continental deciders which glove off in Rotterdam on October  16th.
Katie Rowland and Michaela Walsh, who both claimed  bronze medals at the inaugural 2011 AIBA World Youth Championships, have been  included in the Irish panel.
The experienced Sinead Kavanagh and Kelly  Harrington, Lynee McEnery, Ciere Smith, Laoise Traynor and Lauragh O’Neill will  also represent Ireland in Rotterdam.
The squad will go into training  camp at the Clann Naofa BC in Dundalk next Thursday until October 1st and  will take part in a further training camp from October  8th/12.

Taylor is presently in training camp with the Irish men’s Elite  squad in Cologne, Germany.

The 2011 European Championships will be the final  major tournament for European female boxers before the 2012 AIBA World Senior  Women’s Championships and only Olympic qualifier for women in China  next May.
The three Olympic weight categories for women are  flyweight (51Kg), lightweight (60Kg) and middleweight  (75Kg).
Irish squad European Women’s C’Ships Rotterdam,  Holland Oct 16th/23rd
48Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls)
51Kg: Katie Rowland  (Geesala)
54Kg: Ciere Smith (Cavan)
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy  Family)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray)
64Kg: Kelly Harrington  (Corinthians)
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray)
75kg: Sinead Kavanagh  (Drimnagh)
81kg: Lauragh O’Neill (Paulstown)

Coaches: Pete Taylor,  Zauri Antia
Team manager: Anna Moore

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