Ireland’s Christina Gargan from the St George’s Club in Belfast, had a magnificent 8-1 semi-final win over Ukraine’s Viktoriya Pasteryk in today’s semi-final of the 46kg Junior event in the 2nd European Youth and Junior Championships at the Andre Segard Arena in Sangatte Bleriot-Plage near Calais.
The St Joseph’s school pupil, who is already guaranteed silver, will now meet Svetlana Dmitrieva of Russia in the final on Saturday.
Today’s victory comes soon after Christina winning Gold for Ulster at the HSK Box Cup in Denmark and according to St Georges ABC Secretary Joe Donaldson, she is quite capable of striking double gold.
“We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for Christina in the final and hopefully she can win gold in France, said Donaldson. “She has performed brilliantly so far in France and we all have high hopes for her on Saturday.”
Today’s other bout involving one of the Irish squad resulted in a gallant defeat for Callan BC’s Clare Grace at the hands Guluzar Kara of Turkey in the 69 kg category . Clare, lost 5 – 3 in a keenly contested battle. She should however be very proud of her performances in these championships especially bearing in mind she was a last minute replacement. Clare comes from Tullahought, in the parish of Windgap S.W Kilkenny …not a boxing stronghold in the past. She attends Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill across the county border, in Carrick On Suir and excels at sports, having also played Camogie for Kilkenny’s minor team and also a badminton player of note. Clare became the first Callan club member to take part in a European Championships and is only the third Callan boxer to represent Ireland at international level, following in the footsteps of her coach, 78 years old Jimmy Walsh and team mate Johnny Donovan.. Clearly Clare Grace is one for the future and as this tournament has shown Ireland have a fine young up and coming women’s team., in addition to the men’s all conquering squads.
Nicole Meli. Katie Rowland, Mikaela Walsh and Sarah Close will take part in semi-final bouts tomorrow.