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Cool News about Coca Cola Contribution for the Promotion of Women's boxing!
Copyrights: Mayo Sports
Press Release
December 29, 2012

(DEC 29) The awarding of a grant of €10,000 to Ballina Boxing Club by the Coca Cola Thank You Fund for the promotion of ladies boxing has been welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Deputy Michelle Mulherin. Deputy Mulherin said the funding would help the club widen its appeal to women boxers and would also be opening a fitness and training centre on Mercy Road, Ballina, in September.

Pictured at the Coca Cola Thank You Fund presentation ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin were Sarah Walker, Ballina Boxing Club, Deputy Michelle Mulherin, Joe Lavelle, Ballina Boxing Club, Mo Durkan, Coca Cola Ireland, and Vincent McMahon, Ballina Boxing Club.

Deputy Mulherin said, “I am delighted that Ballina Boxing Club has been awarded €10,000 by the Coca Cola Thank You Fund in recognition of its work in promoting an active lifestyle. The fund has paid out a total of €125,000 in 2012 and the club is one of only 11 organisations across Ireland to have been recognised in this way.”

“Ballina Boxing Club is one of the foremost clubs in Mayo. It has a long history of training champion boxers who have brought tournament success to the club from its earliest years up to the present time. A number of its boxers have won national titles in recent years.”

“To further enhance its reputation and to widen its appeal to women boxers, the club has embarked on an ambitious development programme. I have been working closely with the committee as it implemented these plans and the highlight has been the opening of the club’s fitness and training centre on Mercy Road in September.”

Coca Cola Thank You Fund

“Coca Cola, the world’s most recognised brand, employs over 1,800 people in a number of locations in Ireland. It has a presence in every county through its distribution network and is a significant employer in Ballina.

"By setting up the Coca Cola Thank You Fund it is giving something back to communities by recognising the worthwhile work that is happening all over Ireland by awarding grants to community groups.”

“I welcome this award and I congratulate Ballina Boxing Club on its success. Boxers have done our country proud in international competitions, most notably in the Olympic Games, where boxers have won more medals than all other sports combined.

"The sport gave the country a lift during the summer as we were transfixed by the success of Katie Taylor and her teammates at London 2012.

"It is the dedication of the members, coaches and committees as they work with future champions all over Ireland that make this success possible and I would like to wish the boxers of Ballina Boxing Club the very best in the future.”

Background about the Boxing Gym:

[Dated: September 10, 2012: Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, officially opened Ballina Boxing Club's new €50,000 Training and Fitness Centre on Friday night. The centre is dedicated to Mayo's boxing legend, Dick Hearns (1907-1993) who won many titles for Ballina Boxing Club during a long and illustrious career as a pugilist. He was also an all round sportsman who excelled at athletics, GAA and soccer during a lifetime dedicated to sport.] Source/Mayo Today Full Story

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