Friday, February 2, 2018

Caradh O' Donovan switches to Karate for her Olympic dream.

National title, check. World title, check. Irish kickboxer Caradh O' Donovan looked around her and thought it was time for a new challenge. And with all the excitement around Karate's acceptance into the Olympic programme, what else would do? Would you, could you do it?

We met in November to chat about her battles outside the ring against Crohn's Disease and she casually mentioned this new dream. At first I thought she's messing around with Karate, but no, she has a new dream. 

The Sligo woman talked about the challenges of learning new moves, making new friends and coming to terms with starting over. And like many people in martial arts, she noted how welcoming everyone has been to this newbie. 

And this week she posted on social media: 'The big announcement was that I've officially hung up my kickboxing gloves and focusing solely on my imminent qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020!🥇🥋🥊 '

So there, a new face to watch out for as we countdown to Tokyo2020. I wonder is this the start of a trend for athletes moving over to grab their Olympic chance? Caradh said to me she'd already heard of male Kickboxers switching.

Caradh on the right with her new Karate friends PIC Caradh O' Donovan Instagram
Caradh finished her kickboxing career on a high ranked No 3 in the world by WAKO  - giving her the highest Irish ranking (male or female). And with that kind of determination, can a qualification place for Toyko2020 be far away? 

Follow Caradh on Twitter @CaradhODonovan   and on Instagram @Caradh 

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