Rebecca Kavanagh’s transition from nearly woman to youth star continued in Spain today.
The featherweight, who was ecstatic to finally get over the Irish title line in the National Youth Championships earlier this year, registered her first ever major international win in La Nucia.
Even more impressive her debut win in an Ireland vest came in the World Youth Championships against a European Schools medal winner.
The Mulhuddart BC fighter beat Luisa Acconcia of Italy via a 3-2 split to progress to the last 32 of the 57kg class.
European Youth medal winner Luara Moran also registered victory against Italian opposition in La Nucia.
The light middleweight star defeated Gloria Marelli 4-1 to take a positive step toward another international medal.
Roy Farrelly registered a 5-0 victory over Chen-Hsueh Lee earlier in the day and bantamweight Gavin Ryan contests against Belgium’s Adam Bensaddoun this evening.
Team Ireland Squad
48kg Thady Patsy Joyce, Olympic L, Westmeath
51kg Jack Harkin, Oakleaf BC, Derry
54kg Gavin Ryan, Ratoath BC, Meath
57kg Roy Farrelly, Avona BC, Dublin
60kg Lee McEvoy, Avona BC, Dublin
67kg James Donovan, OLOL, Limerick
71kg Bobbi Flood, Cabra BC, Dublin
75kg TJ King, Phoenix of Ballyboughal, Dublin
80kg Ryan Murphy, Neilstown, Dublin
86kg Nathan Ojo, Esker, Dublin
92kg David McDonagh, Olympic BC, Galway
92+ Bernard Cawley, St. David’s BC, Naas
48kg Georgia McGovern, Setanta L, Kildare
50kg Caoimhe Kinsella, St Anthony’s/Pats, Wexford
52kg Esther Lambe, Setanta L, Kildare
54kg Shakira Donoghue, Templemore, Tipperary
57kg Rebecca Kavanagh, Mulhuddart,
60kg Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians BC, Dublin
63kg Rebecca Collins, Baldoyle, Dublin
66kg Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch, Dublin
70kg Laura Moran, St Anne’s, Mayo
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa, Louth
81+kg Cliona D’Arcy, Tobar Pheadair, Galway
Team Manager: Francis Keeling
Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Michael Mongan
Coach: Liam Cunningham