Titan-ic medal success for Titans kickboxers

Limavady kickboxing club, Titans are celebrating after scooping an impressive 27 medals at the WKU Championships in Spain.

The team arrived back in Limavady on Tuesday with 14 gold medals, and 13 silver and bronze medals.

The Limavady Titans Kickboxing Club.

The Limavady Titans Kickboxing Club.

Willie Lowry from the Club was delighted with the success of the team.

Mr Lowry said theTitans, who competed as part of the Northern Ireland squad, are fantastic ambassadors.

“The kids are fantastic,” said Mr Lowry.

“They’re training four to five times a week, and sometimes six days a week leading up to championships. They train hard.”

When the Club started more than a decade ago they had just eight members training at what was a popular nightspot in its day, the Gorteen House Hotel.

Fast forward to 2015, and the club is going from strength to strength, said Mr Lowry, turning out champion after champion, at all levels, from Northern Ireland to world status.

The Club’s reputation for success has attracted Belfast twins Damien and Rachel McGuigan.

The young martial artists, aged 11, from the Hannahstown area, travel to Limavady to improve their talents at Limavady Titans club twice a week.

The hard graft and dedication has certainly paid off given the number of medals the Titans brought home from the competition in Spain, which opened in late October and wrapped up earlier this week.

The tournament saw the participation of close to 2,000 young martial artists from all over the world.

While members of the Limavady Titans were in Spain, they witnessed the clean-up operation at the popular holiday destination Albufeira.

The popular Algarve town was hit by heavy rainfall and strong winds last weekend, with parts of the Old Town suffering heavy damage from several days of heavy rainfall.

Shops, bars, restaurants and clubs have been damaged and forced to close in the floods.

Willie Lowry said they witnessed torrential rain he described “like a river” outside their hotel.