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Women in Sport – a celebration

30 January, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Normal 0 Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will join double winner of the 60kg world women's boxing title Katie Taylor for a programme of events aimed at inspiring 'Women in Sport', at the Ligoniel Boxing Club on Saturday, 31st January.

The aim of this project has been to bring together young women boxers from across Belfast to Ligoniel to meet, train with and talk to Katie Taylor and learn from her example.

Speaking ahead of the event Ms de Brún said:

"Katie Taylor is a remarkable young woman from Bray, Co Wicklow, who at 22 years of age has already achieved success in the world of sport by twice winning the 60kg world women's boxing title (a title she currently holds) and being a full senior international in Ireland's women's football team.

"In addition to her sporting achievements Katie is a full time student at UCD and still finds time to promote sport in general and women in sport in particular.

"As a role model Katie Taylor is exemplary in her dedication to her sports and her discipline in being able to continue with her studies.

"As a former Health Minister I know that sports have a vital role in our society in developing a positive mental attitude and encouraging physical activity. All our sports people should be encouraged and can be enthused by our sporting role models.

"The 'Women in Sports' programme is an excellent initiative and this cross community event gives our young athletes the opportunity to meet a remarkable young woman. I wholly endorse the 'Women in Sport' agenda and the commitment of those in Belfast to the city's young women boxers in particular and women sports people in general." ENDS

Note to Editors

It almost certain that boxing for women will feature as an event in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Katie Taylor, widely recognised best woman boxer in the world, could well be a gold medal winner of the future.

Programme of events

11.00 am Katie Taylor arrives at the Ligoniel Boxing Club.

11.30 am Training exhibition/session for girls/women from invited boxing clubs.

2.00 p.m. Participants and guests meet in the Wolfhill Centre for Buffet lunch.

3.00 p.m. Presentations and questions from the floor and photographs.

4.30 p.m. Thanks and closing of programme

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