Ardee Boxing Club’s Adam Farrell took a silver medal home Russia two weeks ago – as he starred for the Leinster Boxing Development Squad in a youth boxing tournament in Kaliningrad.
The 14-year-old was the Ardee representative on the seven-strong squad that made the trip east to take on boxers from Russia, Uzbekistan and Lithuania. Farrell, from Collon, has been boxing with the club in Ardee for two years and in November was named in the Leinster Boxing Development Squad for the trip to the small Russian enclave on the border with Poland and Lithuania.
On Day One of the competition, Adam was the first of five boxers that took part and he won his bout 3-0 against his Russian opponent. The teenager followed that up in day two’s semi-final match by beating his Uzbekistani opponent, also 3-0.
Day Three of action in Kaliningrad saw Adam and three team mates take place in final matches but this time the youngster was denied by a technical knock out against another fighter from Uzbekistan – meaning he returned to Ireland with a silver. Only Airijus Vitlipas won a gold for Ireland with the Ardee’s Farrell among three silver medallists on the team.
Writing on the Leinster Boxing Development Squad Facebook page, coach Mick Darby heaped praise on the Ardee Community School student after his performances in Russia.
” It was an experience that will live with us for a long time into the future,” Darby said. “The star of our team was young Adam Farrell who got us off the mark with two top class performances.
“The LDS are invited back for this tournament again next year and maybe for a one on one with Kaliningrad Federation next July. Our boxers were top class and gave as good as they got from any of the boxers they were up against,” he continued.
“This was an extraordinarily bunch of young boxers. They boxed out of their skin and followed every instruction given to them. Their behaviour and discipline was above anything I have seen before – they wanted to win, they did win and showed me that what I have been saying for years now – if the head is right you can do it. Each and every one of them are a credit to themselves, their families, their club and they have now set a very high standard for the Leinster Development Squad.
Adam’s achievement is all the more remarkable considering he was one of the youngest members of the travelling party – and the trip represented his first major trip away, with some teammates already experiencing European Schoolboys Championships and other major overseas competitions.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie last month, Ardee Boxing Club’s Robbie McKeever said “he has potential to move on and win things.
“Adam won the Louth championships recently in the Boy 4 52kg category. He has potential and once you keep working with him, he’ll keep improving.”
Adam, who has been training with Leinster since August, was part of a squad alongside Paul Loonam (St Carthages), Aaron Browne (Sacra Coeur), Sean Dempsey (Sacra Coeur), Airijus Vitlipas (Naas), Michael Kinsella (St Ants/Pats) and James McCarthy (Marble City).
The coaching team at Ardee Boxing Club Robbie McKeever, Gary McKenny, Brendan Clinton and Kyle Cooney would like to congratulate Adam on his success in Russia – and they would also like to wish all the best to two young club members taking part in the Leinster IABA Michael Andrews competition this weekend. Both Paul Clinton and Jack Dowdall will weigh in on Saturday morning.