PT’s Kickboxing and fitness gym in Carrigans are celebrating a double victory after head coach, Paddy Toland and club member, Natalie McCarron were honoured by the World Governing Body, ISKA (International Sports Kickboxing Association) at its recent awards ceremony in Birmingham.
Toland received the ISKA Kickboxing ‘Promoter of the Year’ award for 2011 while two-time world professional champion, McCarron was voted Female ‘Kickboxer of the Year’ following her fantastic achievements during the past 12 months.
Former three-time world amateur champion, Toland has played a significant role in promoting Kickboxing in Ireland and UK, and this award was testament to all the work he has put in which has been reflected in the performances and results of PT’s club members.
Carrigans native, McCarron was crowned ISKA world Professional Bantamweight champion in July in Western Super Mare, England, last year in front of Sky TV cameras, becoming Ireland’s first ever Women’s Professional Kickboxing champion.
The following November, she won the ISKA World Professional, Superflyweight title when defeating Denmark’s, Helene Njorth Nielsen in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny in front of 1,100 supporters.
Both award winners will now look to continue their success in St. Columb’s Hall, Derry on March 31st when Natalie will fight for a third Professional World title against Andree Warbrick for the ISKA World Flyweight title.
That bill will also feature two other World title bouts involving Daniel “Pinta” Quigley - who is also challenging for his third world title and Aidan “Lights Out” Lafferty.
PRO for PT’s Gym, Sean McGill insists both Toland and McCarron were fully deserving of their respective awards and promised that the March 31st event will be another outstanding night for the local club.
“They both put so much into their sport and community in Derry and Donegal,” said McGill. “They 100 per cent deserve their awards.
“And incidentally, if Natalie is successful on March 31st, she will become the first ever Professional Kickboxer to hold three World titles at the same time!”
Tickets for the event are selling fast but some are still available from any Pt’s Kickboxing Gym, Derry, Carrigans, Muff or Killygordon, or by contacting 00353860596973.