James O’Sullivan, a member of Greystones Town Council in County Wicklow, has congratulated Katie Taylor on winning Gold at the Summer 2012 Olympic Games. Taylor defeated Sofya Ochigava of Russia in the final of the Women’s 60kg division at the ExCel Arena in East London.
Speaking after the Bray boxers final where Taylor won the Gold medal, Councillor O’Sullivan said, “Today, the whole world is looking as County Wicklow came out in massive numbers to see Katie’s magnificent achievement. To beat all three of her opponents so convincingly in this summers Olympics Games is phenomenal. Having an Olympic Gold Medal winner here in Co. Wicklow is really such a great achievement.”
“When I visited Katie’s gym earlier this summer, with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, I got to see for myself the huge amount of work that takes place in Bray Boxing Club and the colossal amount of training hours that are put in by all the athletes. The work Katie has put in over the past number of years has really paid off!”
Councillor O’Sullivan, who is chair of the Greystones Youth, Sport and Culture Committee continued, “Katie’s talent has been instrumental in seeing women’s boxing becoming an Olympic sport for the first time ever – and now she has a well deserved Gold medal to take home.”
“The community spirit seen in the county over the last couple of weeks has been a heartening experience seeing everyone come together and rally behind one of our own. With thousands of people lining the streets to watch her fights, the people of Bray, Greystones and indeed all of Wicklow are extremely proud of Katie’s tremendous success.”
“We should all be very proud of how she, along with Fionnuala Britton, Stephanie Reilly and Adam Nolan have represented County Wicklow and Ireland in London this summer and may we wish them every success in the future”, concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.