Local boxer Amy Broadhurst has her sights firmly set on Paris 2024 as her dreams of representing Ireland at the Olympic Games come closer to fruition. Amy briefly harboured hopes of making it to the Tokyo Olympics and an often fiery rivalry with 2018 world champion Kellie Harrington made for some good headlines in the boxing press but ultimately it was Harrington who was selected for Japan in the 60kg category.
The Dundalk southpaw however is very highly thought of in the high-performance unit of the IABA (Irish Amateur Boxing Association) and behind the scenes the 23-year old has been given assurances that she is in in pole position to represent her country in the 60kg weight class at the Paris Olympics in three years time.
Those assurances from the likes of IABA high-performance director Bernard Dunne were backed up with action last week with Amy being invited to fly to Tokyo to take part in a training camp with the Irish Olympic team. That invite was gleefully accepted by Amy and last Monday she packed her bags before flying to Japan where she will spend a number of weeks training and sparring with some of the best talent in the world. According to Amy she was delighted when the offer was put to her especially given the fact COVID has curtailed any meaningful competitive action worldwide over the past 15 months.
“I was thrilled to be asked to go to Tokyo and it is such a huge opportunity for me. Obviously I would love to be going there as an Olympian but this is the next best thing and I know that the place in Paris in 2024 is mine to lose. I haven’t boxed competitively in over a year at this stage and I really have itchy knuckles at this stage,” laughs Amy. “Before COVID the schedule was so packed and I was very busy and when the break came I actually enjoyed it for the first couple of months but after a while you start to get restless and I’m raring to get going again now. I am training full time at the minute up in Abbotstown as part of the high-performance unit and I am really enjoying it up there.
“Now I get a chance to go to Tokyo and train with some of the best boxers in the world and get to experience the feel of such a huge event such as the Olympics. This can only help me as I prepare for Paris in three years time and I am grateful for the opportunity,” stated Amy.
Meanwhile, the Muirhevnamór maestro has parted ways with her long-time boxing club Dealgan to pave the way for a shot at the Commonwealth games next year in Birmingham. Amy qualifies for the Commonwealth games through her Dad and coach Tony who is English. However, one of the stipulations for qualification is that she must be a member of a Northern Irish boxing club. That rule saw her say farewell to Dealgan before joining up with St Bronagh’s in Rostrevor who she will represent going forward.